Curtis, William Eleroy, 1850-1911

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American journalist.

From the description of Typed letters signed (4) : Washington, D.C., to Harper & Brothers, 1891 Apr. 27-July 28. (Morgan Library & Museum). WorldCat record id: 81020876

Curtis was chief of the Latin-American department of the Chicago Record .

From the guide to the William Eleroy Curtis Scrapbooks, 1874-1911, 1885-1911, (Princeton University. Library. Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections)

Traveling correspondent for two Chicago newspapers, the Inter-Ocean (1873-1886) and the Record Herald (1887-1911).

From the description of Papers, 1877-1912. (Rhinelander District Library). WorldCat record id: 17937197

William Eleroy Curtis (1850-1911) was born on November 5, 1850 In Akron, Hio, to Reverend Eleroy and Harriet (Coe) Curtis. He graduated from Western Reserve College in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1871. He later became a trustee of that institution.

Curtis spent most of his life as a journalist for two Chicago, Illinois, newspapers, The Inter-Ocean from 1873 to 1886 and the Record Herald from 1887 to his death in 1911. Primarily a traveling correspondent, the articles he wrote concerning such places as China, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain, and Latin American countries were published regularly. While working for the Inter-Ocean, Curtis interviewed the notorius James and Younger brothers.

Curtis married Cora Belle Kepler of Erie, Pennsylvania on December 23, 1874. During this time in his life, he accompanied General George Custer on a campaign against the Sioux Indians and covered the "Coushatta Massacre" in Louisiana.

A prolific writer, Curtis authored over thirty books, including many handbooks of countries of South America. His interest in Latin American countries and the improvement of relations between North and South America led to his being appointed Secretary of the South American Commission by President Chester A. Arthur, with the rank of Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary, in 1884, Director of the Bureau of the American Republics in 1890, and Chief of the Latin American Department of the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893.

From 1890 to 1893, Curtis served as Director of the Bureau of the American Republics (later known as the Pan-American Union). In 1892 he was a Special Envoy to Pope Leo XIII and the Queen Regent of Spain. In 1896 he served as a special agent for the subcommittee on Reciprocity and the Commercial Treaties for the United States House of Representatives' Committee on Ways and Means. In 1908, he was an appointed member of the Executive Committee of the Pan-American Committee of the United States.

Curtis died on October 5, 1911, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

From the guide to the William Eleroy Curtis Papers, 1877-1912, (Western Reserve Historical Society)

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creatorOf Curtis, William Eleroy, 1850-1911. William Eleroy Curtis scrapbooks, 1874-1911 (bulk 1885-1911) Princeton University Library
creatorOf William Eleroy Curtis Scrapbooks, 1874-1911, 1885-1911 Princeton University. Library. Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections.Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library. Public Policy Papers.
creatorOf Curtis, William Eleroy, 1850-1911. Curtis family papers 1886-1964 Cleveland Public Library, Main Library
referencedIn Curtis journal, 1894. Historical Society of Washington, Dc
referencedIn Elihu Root Correspondence, 1874-1935 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
referencedIn Rockhill, William Woodville, 1854-1914. Papers, 1826-1941 Houghton Library
referencedIn Roger Welles Papers, 1884-1926, (bulk 1891-1926) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Douglass, Frederick, c. 1817-1895. Papers, 1841-1967 (bulk 1862-1895) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Welles, Roger, 1862-1932. Roger Welles papers, 1884-1926 (bulk 1891-1926). Library of Congress
creatorOf Wilson, James, 1836-1920. Letters, 1896-1911. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Curtis, William Eleroy, 1850-1911. Correspondence to Daniel Garrison Brinton, 1893-1894. University of Pennsylvania Library
referencedIn Autograph File, C, 1554-2002. Houghton Library
referencedIn Douglass, Frederick, c. 1817-1895. Papers, 1841-1967 (bulk 1862-1895) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn American Press Association. American Press Association correspondence, 1890-1899. Library of Congress
creatorOf Ellsworth, James W. James W. Ellsworth papers, World's Columbian Exposition Collection, [1890-1901]. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center
referencedIn Curtis family papers, 1886-1964 Hudson Library & Historical Society
creatorOf Curtis, William Eleroy, 1850-1911. Papers. Ohio History Connection, Ohio Historical Society
creatorOf Childs, George William, 1829-1894. George William Childs papers [manuscript], 1882-1892. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Allison, William B. (William Boyd), 1829-1908. Letters, 1863-1902. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf William Eleroy Curtis Papers, 1877-1912 Western Reserve Historical Society
referencedIn Hubbard, Gardiner G. (Gardiner Greene), 1822-1897. Gardiner Greene Hubbard letters to S. S. McClure [manuscript], 1894, n.d. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Hay, John, 1838-1905. Correspondence, 1854-1914, "Curtis" to "Devens". Brown University, John Hay Library
referencedIn Sligh Family Papers, 1842-1967 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Hanna, Marcus Alonzo, 1837-1904. Papers. Ohio History Connection, Ohio Historical Society
creatorOf Curtis, William Eleroy, 1850-1911. Papers, 1877-1912. Western Reserve Historical Society, Research Library
referencedIn Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, 1807-1882. Letters to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1761-1904 (bulk 1820-1888) Houghton Library
creatorOf Curtis, William Eleroy, 1850-1911. William Eleroy Curtis letters, 1888-1892. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Douglass, Frederick, c. 1817-1895. Papers, 1841-1967 (bulk 1862-1895) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Welsh, Herbert, 1851-1941. Herbert Welsh papers, 1895-1913. University of Michigan
creatorOf Curtis, William Eleroy, 1850-1911. Typed letters signed (4) : Washington, D.C., to Harper & Brothers, 1891 Apr. 27-July 28. Pierpont Morgan Library.
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Civil service reform--19th century
Presidents--United States--Election--1888
Europe--Description and travel--1800-1918
Curtis, William Eleroy, 1850-1911
International cooperation
American history/Gilded Age, Populism, Progressivism
Travel
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Regionalism (International organization)
Presidents--Election--1888
Pan--Americanism
Civil service reform--United States--19th century
Columbus, Christopher
Tarriff--United States--19th century
Presidents--Election--1900
Latin America--Description and travel
Presidents--United States--Election--1900
Pan American Union
World's Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.)
Journalists--Correspondence, reminiscences, etc
American politics and government
Journalists--19th century
Journalists--Illinois--Chicago--19th century
Tarriff--19th century
Journalists--Illinois--Chicago--Correspondence
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