Carpenter, Frank G. (Frank George), 1855-1924

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Birth 1855-05-08
Death 1924-06-18

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American journalist and author, wrote numerous articles and books on travel.

From the description of Letters to Mrs. Murdy and Samuel Sidney McClure, 1891 November 15 and 1893. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 54674154


From the description of Frances Carpenter collection, 1875-1960. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79005912

From the description of Papers 1890-1917. (Smith College). WorldCat record id: 47699389

Poster about Susan B. Anthony, with photo and page of writing, undated

Frank G. Carpenter, journalist, author, photographer, and world traveler, was born in Mansfield, Ohio in 1855. Following his graduation from the University of Wooster in Ohio in 1877, Carpenter began working for the Cleveland Leader and in 1882 he became the Washington, D.C. correspondent for that newspaper and had a regular column entitled "Carp's Washington." He also wrote for the American Press Association and the New York World . In 1888 and 1889 he financed a trip around the world with his "travel letters" submitted to Cosmopolitan Magazine and twelve syndicated publications.

In 1883 Carpenter married Joanna Condict and they had two children. The family resided in the Washington, D.C. area. After her graduation from Smith College, their daughter Frances Carpenter accompanied her father, as his secretary and photographer, in his travels which continued throughout his career.

Frank Carpenter was a fellow of the National Geographic Society and published many articles and books on geography, some co-authored with Frances Carpenter. Together they also compiled an impressive collection of over 15,000 images (later donated by France Carpenter to the Library of Congress). Frank Carpenter died in 1924 in Nanking, China, during his third trip around the world.

From the guide to the Frank G. Carpenter Papers MS 29., 1890-1917, (Sophia Smith Collection)

Biographical Note

Frank G. Carpenter

  • 1855, May 8: Born, Mansfield, Ohio
  • 1877: A.B., Wooster College, Wooster, Ohio
  • 1879: Legislative correspondent, Cleveland Leader
  • 1880: A.M., Wooster College, Wooster, Ohio
  • 1881: Traveled in Europe and Egypt
  • 1882: Washington correspondent, Cleveland Leader
  • 1883: Married Joanna D. Condict
  • 1884: American Press Association correspondent
  • 1887: Correspondent, New York World
  • 1888 - 1889 : Traveled around the world
  • 1891: Toured Mexico
  • 1892: Toured Russia, Germany, and England
  • 1894: Toured China, Japan, and Korea
  • 1898: Toured South America
  • 1900: Toured the Philippines, China, Java, Australia, and New Zealand
  • 1902: Toured Western Europe to investigate American "economic invasion"
  • 1905: Toured Panama, Cuba, and Canada
  • 1906 - 1907 : Toured Africa
  • 1908: Toured China, Korea, and Japan
  • 1909: Toured India, Turkey, Palestine, and Egypt
  • 1911: Litt. D., Wooster College, Wooster, Ohio
  • 1912: Toured Central America
  • 1913: Toured Mexico
  • 1914: Made letter-writing tour of South America
  • 1915 - 1916 : Toured Alaska
  • 1922 - 193 : Toured Europe
  • 1924: Began trip to the Orient
  • 1924, June 18: Died, Nanking, China

Frances Carpenter

  • 1890, Apr. 30: Born, Washington, D.C.
  • 1912: Graduated, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.
  • circa 1918: Married William Chapin Huntington (d. 1958)
  • 1960: Arranged and edited Carp's Washington. New York: McGraw-Hill
  • 1972, Nov. 2: Died, Washington, D.C.

From the guide to the Frances Carpenter Collection Relating to Frank G. Carpenter, 1875-1960, (bulk 1883-1924), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)


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