Tilton, Théodore 1835-1907

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Birth 1835-10-02
Death 1907-05-29

Biographical notes:

Theodore Tilton (1835-1907) was an American newspaper editor, journalist, poet, and supporter of women's suffrage. He and his wife were parishioners of the Rev. Henry Ward Beecher and Tilton worked as his assistant for eleven years, until 1874, when Tilton sued Beecher for adultery with Mrs. Tilton. The case received widespread public attention. Tilton subsequently moved to Paris where he lived for the rest of his life.

From the guide to the Theodore Tilton Correspondence, 1865-1894, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

American journalist.

From the description of Letters : of Theodore Tilton, 1864 & 1869 [manuscript]. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647823394

From the description of Letter, 1864 March 25, to James Humphrey, Jr. [manuscript]. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647812223

American journalist and author.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : to Mr. Greeley, [n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270572648

From the description of Autograph letters signed (2) : to Mr. Ford, 1870 Jun. 16 and Nov. 21. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270572655

Theodore Tilton was born and educated in New York City. He began as a journalist for the New York Tribune and New York Observer, where he covered charismatic pastor Henry Ward Beecher's sermons; Tilton later became ghostwriter for Beecher's column at the Independent., and succeeded Beecher as editor. Tilton was also an influential speaker on the abolition of slavery, becoming a national figure. Allegations of Beecher's affair with Tilton's wife, Elizabeth, led to a much-publicized trial, ultimately confirming Beecher's innocence. The Tiltons separated, and Beecher's influence prevented Theodore Tilton from working as a journalist in America. He died in poverty in France.

From the description of Theodore Tilton letter to My dear Mr. Wood, 1871 Oct. 10. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 70662163


From the description of Poems of Theodore Tilton, undated. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71132450

Writer, journalist, poet.

Tilton was an alumnus of City College, Class of 1855.

From the description of Papers, [ca. 1890-1905] (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 155504122


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