Tilton, Théodore 1835-1907

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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

Journalist.

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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referencedIn Helen Hunt Jackson papers, 1864-1885 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Adams, James Truslow, 1878-1949. Barrett assorted authors collection [manuscript] 1814-1947. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn National American Woman Suffrage Association. National American Woman Suffrage Association records, 1839-1961 (inclusive), 1890-1930 (bulk), [microform]. Yale University Library
referencedIn Beecher, Henry Ward, 1813-1887. Papers, [ca.1847]-1937, 1847-1887 (bulk) Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Douglass, Frederick, 1817?-1895. Autograph letter signed : Rochester, to "My dear friend," Theodore Tilton?, 1869 Apr. 24. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Wendell Phillips papers, 1555-1882 (inclusive) 1833-1881 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Tilton, Theodore, 1835-1907. Autograph letters signed (2) : to Mr. Ford, 1870 Jun. 16 and Nov. 21. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Correspondence and other papers, 1831-1891. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Autograph File, T, 1580-1975. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Hay, John, 1838-1905. Correspondence, 1854-1914, "Taylor" to "Upton." Brown University, John Hay Library
referencedIn Greeley, Horace, 1811-1872. Horace Greeley collection, 1840-1872. New-York Historical Society Library
referencedIn Henry Ward Beecher collection, 1870-1893. Billy Graham Center Archives, BGC Archives
referencedIn Bell, George A. Papers, 1873-1897 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn May, Samuel J. (Samuel Joseph), 1797-1871. Samuel Joseph May diary, 1868. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Schuyler Colfax papers, ca. 1860-1880 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Brown, Olympia, 1835-1926. Papers, ca. 1849-1963 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
creatorOf Tilton, Theodore T., 1835-1907. Papers, [ca. 1890-1905] Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn May, Samuel J. (Samuel Joseph), 1797-1871. Samuel Joseph May diary, 1865. Cornell University Library
creatorOf McCarthy, Justin, 1830-1912. Autograph letter signed : Fifth Avenue Hotel, to Theodore Tilton, [no year] Sept. 28. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Tilton, Theodore, 1835-1907. Letter, 1869, September 22, to Wm. H. Fessenden. Brown University, John Hay Library
referencedIn Nicolay, John G. (John George), 1832-1901. John G. Nicolay papers, 1811-1943 (bulk 1860-1901). Library of Congress
referencedIn William Page and Page Family papers, 1815-1947, bulk 1843-1892 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
creatorOf Tilton, Theodore, 1835-1907. Poems of Theodore Tilton, undated. Library of Congress
referencedIn Anna E. Dickinson Papers, 1859-1951, (bulk 1859-1911) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Beecher family. Beecher family papers, 1704-1964 (inclusive), 1795-1948 (bulk). Yale University Library
referencedIn Chaapel, Jay, 1829-1902. Memorandum on the burial of John Brown, 1874 Feb. 3. University of Michigan
creatorOf Bowen, Henry Chandler, 1813-1896. Letter to Theodore Tilton [manuscript], 1861 December 16. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Beecher, Henry Ward, 1813-1887. Papers, 1863-1883 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
creatorOf Browning, Elizabeth Barrett, 1806-1861. Only a curl : AMsS, [1847]. Rosenbach Museum & Library
creatorOf Greer, Louise, 1899-. Papers of Louise Greer [manuscript], 1851-1964. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Tilton, Theodore, 1835-1907. Poems and plays, [ca. 1900-1904]. Brown University, John Hay Library
creatorOf Tilton, Theodore, 1835-1907. Letter to James Redpath. [s.l.] 15 Dec. 1871. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn James Burrill Angell letters to Theodore Tilton and the New York Tribune, 1873-1889 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Elizabeth Cady Stanton Papers, 1814-1946, (bulk 1840-1902) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Theodore Tilton Correspondence, 1865-1894 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
referencedIn Charles Sumner correspondence, 1829-1874. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Garrison family papers, 1801-1948 (inclusive), 1840-1907 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Tilton, Theodore, 1835-1907. Theodore Tilton letter to My dear Mr. Wood, 1871 Oct. 10. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Stevens, Thaddeus, 1792-1868. Letter, Dec. 7, 1865. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
creatorOf Tilton, Theodore, 1835-1907. Autograph letter signed : to Mr. Greeley, [n.d.]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Oscar Wilde and his Literary Circle Collection: Correspondence, 1819, 1849-1957, 1962 William Andrews Clark Memorial Library.
referencedIn Robert Browning manuscript material : 171 items, 1835-1889 The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.
referencedIn Mary Newbury Adams letter to Theodore Tilton, 1869 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn American literary collection, 1805-1930. New Hampshire Historical Society Library
creatorOf Abbott, Jacob, 1803-1879,. Petition signed by 83 American authors to the Committee on Ways and Means, January 17th, 1866. Brown University, John Hay Library
creatorOf Douglass, Frederick, 1817?-1895. Autograph letter signed : Washington, to Mr. Tilton, Apr. 10. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Browning, Robert, 1812-1889. Robert Browning manuscript material : 170 items, 1835-1889. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Tyng, Stephen H. (Stephen Higginson), 1800-1885. Autograph letter signed : St. George's Rectory, to Theodore Tilton, 1860 Jan. 31. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Rasmus Bjšrn Anderson letters to Theodore Tilton, 1880-1882 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Gage, Matilda Joslyn, 1826-1898. Papers, 1840-1974 (inclusive) [microform]. Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
creatorOf Garnet, Henry Highland, 1815-1882. Henry Highland Garnet letter to Theodore Tilton, 1859. New-York Historical Society Library
referencedIn Honeyman, A. Van Doren (Abraham Van Doren), 1849-1936. Collection of papers, 1870-1931. New Jersey Historical Society Library
creatorOf Page, William, 1811-1885. William Page and Page family papers, 1815-1947, bulk 1843-1892. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Field, Kate, 1838-1896. Papers of Kate Field [manuscript] 1865-93. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Frederick Douglass Papers, 1841-1967, (bulk 1862-1895) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Jackson, John Adams, 1825-1879. Autograph letter signed : Florence, to Theodore Tilton, 1863 May 3. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Beecher family. Beecher family papers, 1704-1964 (inclusive), 1795-1948 (bulk). Yale University Library
referencedIn Carpenter, F. B. (Francis Bicknell), 1830-1900. Letters to Sanford Thayer, 1865-1880. Texas Christian University
creatorOf Tilton, Theodore, 1835-1907. Correspondence to George H. Boker, 1863 and 1871. University of Pennsylvania Library
referencedIn William Lloyd Garrison letters and resolutions, 1841-1867 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Poets of America, extra-illustrated. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Tilton, Theodore, 1835-1907. Letter to Horace Howard Furness, 1865. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn John G. Nicolay Papers, 1811-1943, (bulk 1860-1901) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Papers, ca. 1849-1963 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
referencedIn Douglass, Frederick, 1818-1895. Frederick Douglass papers, 1841-1967 (bulk 1862-1895). Library of Congress
creatorOf Douglass, Frederick, 1817?-1895. Autograph signature to letter : Rochester, to Mr. Tilton, 1869 May 4. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Rockwell Family. Papers, 1831-1889. Connecticut Historical Society
creatorOf Tilton, Theodore, 1835-1907. Letters : of Theodore Tilton, 1864 & 1869 [manuscript]. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Lizzie to John letters, 1875 William L. Clements Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Townsend, E. D. (Edward Davis), 1817-1893. Description of ceremonies at Fort Sumter, 1865 May 28. University of South Carolina, University Libraries
referencedIn Douglass, Frederick, 1818-1895. Papers of Frederick Douglass, 1841-1967 (bulk 1862-1895) Library of Congress
referencedIn National American Woman Suffrage Association. National American Woman Suffrage Association records, 1839-1961 (inclusive), 1890-1930 (bulk), [microform]. University of Hawaii at Manoa, Hamilton Library
referencedIn J. T. (John Townsend) Trowbridge papers, 1855-1939. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Charles Henry Brainard papers, 1795-1884 and undated. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Woodhull, Victoria C. (Victoria Claflin), 1838-1927. Letter, 1873. Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Beecher Family Papers, 1704-1964 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Stanton, Elizabeth Cady, 1815-1902. Elizabeth Cady Stanton papers, 1814-1946 (bulk 1840-1902). Library of Congress
creatorOf Tracy, Gilbert A. (Gilbert Avery), b. 1835. Gilbert A. Tracy autograph collection, 1862-1917. Connecticut Historical Society
referencedIn Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims and Henry Ward Beecher collection, Bulk, 1847-1887, 1819-1980 Brooklyn Historical Society
referencedIn Hale, Edward Everett, 1822-1909. Autograph collection, [undated]. Maine Historical Society Library
creatorOf Bailey, Isaac. Letter to Theodore Tilton, 1871 June 20. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Smith, Gerrit, 1797-1874. Letter : Peterboro, [N.Y.], to Theodore Tilton, 1864 Aug. 11. Texas Christian University
creatorOf Tilton, Theodore, 1835-1907. Letter, 1864 March 25, to James Humphrey, Jr. [manuscript]. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Beecher, Henry Ward, 1813-1887. Papers of Henry Ward Beecher, 1852-1884. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Douglas, Frederick, 1817-1895. Letter. Oct. 5th, 1880, Washington, D.C. to Theodore [Tilton]. Haverford College Library
referencedIn Gerrit Smith Papers, 1762-1962 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
referencedIn Child, Lydia Maria, 1802-1880. Papers, 1836-[ca. 1970], 1836-1879 (bulk) Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Papers, 1840-1918, 1934-1974 (scattered) Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
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Journalism
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Literature--American Poetry
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Birth 1835-10-02

Death 1907-05-29

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