Ticknor, GEORGE (1791-1871), literary historian, born in Boston, United States of America, was at first a lawyer, but adopted the literary profession, and produced some admirable works, especially the monumental History of Spanish Literature (3 vols., 1849), by which he is best known. He was an enthusiastic traveller, for some years, and, after settling in Harvard, became professor of modern languages there. He was one of the founders of the Boston Public Library. He published biographies of Daniel Webster (1825), of Lafayette. (1831), and of Prescott (1854). His own Life, by Hilliard, appeared in 1876.