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Biography of Anthony Comstock


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Comstock, Anthony. Secretary and special agent of New York Society for Suppression of Vice, 1873-1915. Born in New Canaan, CT, March 7, 1844. Educated in district school and Wyckoff's Academy, New Canaan; 1860-61, high school, New Britain, CT. Left school to earn a living in 1861. His brother Samuel having been killed at Gettysburg, he volunteered to fill his place in regiment, enlisting in 17th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry, December, 1863; mustered out, July 1865. Appointed March 3, 1873, post office inspector of New York. Was prominent in YMCA. As secretary and special agent of New York Society for Suppression of Vice and post office inspector, he brought about 3,670 criminals to justice, and destroyed 160 tons of obscene literature and pictures, etc. Author: "Frauds Exposed," "Gambling Outrages," "Morals vs. Art," "Traps for the Young." Died 1915.