Biography of William Eleroy Curtis


Curtis, William Eleroy. Journalist. Born in Akron, OH, November 5, 1850. Graduate of Western Reserve College, 1871. On staff of "Chicago Inter-Ocean," 1873-87; Washington correspondent for "Chicago Record," 1887-1901; "Chicago Record-Herald," 1901-11. Special commissioner from United States to Central and South American republics. Executive officer of International American Conference, 1889-90; director of Bureau of American Republics, 1890-93; chief of Latin-American department ad historical section at World's Columbian Exposition, 1891-93; commissioner of Columbian Exposition to Madrid; and special envoy to the Queen Regent of Spain and Pope Leo XIII, 1892. Author: "Tibbalses Folks," "A Summer Scamper," The Life of Zachariah Chandler," "Children of the Sun," "Capitals of Spanish America," "The Land of the Nihilist," "Trade and Transportation," "Handbook to the American Republics," "Guatemala," "Costa Rica," "Ecuador," "Venezuela: a Land Where It is Always Summer," "The United States and Foreign Powers," "The Existing Autographs of Columbus," 1893 (American Historical Association); "Relics of Columbus," "Recent Discoveries Concerning the Early Settlement of America in the Archives of the Vatican," "The Yankees of the East," "Today in France and Germany," "Between the Andes and the Ocean," "The True Thomas Jefferson," "The Turk and His Lost Provinces," "Denmark, Sweden, and Norway," etc. Was member of many learned societies. Died 1911.