George Horace Lorimer

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George Horace Lorimer
George Horace Lorimer 1922.jpg
Lorimer in 1922
Born Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Died Wyncote, Cheltenham Township, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Occupation Journalist, Author, Editor
Known for The Saturday Evening Post
Curtis Publishing Company

George Horace Lorimer (October 6, 1867 – October 22, 1937[1]) was an American journalist and author. He is best known as the editor of The Saturday Evening Post. During his editorial reign, the Post rose from a circulation of several thousand to over a million. He is credited with promoting or discovering a large number of American writers, e.g. Jack London.[2]

Lorimer was born in Louisville, Kentucky, the son of the Rev. George C. Lorimer and Belle Burford Lorimer. He attended Moseley High School in Chicago, Colby College, and Yale University.[3] In 1899 he became editor-in-chief of The Saturday Evening Post,[4] and remained in charge until the last day of 1936, about a year before his death from throat cancer.[1] He served also as vice president, president, and chairman of Curtis Publishing Company, which published the Post.

Books[edit]

In the early 1900s Lorimer published several books, including

  • Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son, being the Letters written by John Graham, Head of the House of Graham & Company, Pork-Packers in Chicago, familiarly known on 'Change as "Old Gorgon Graham," to his Son, Pierrepont, facetiously known to his intimates as "Piggy."

its sequel

  • Old Gorgon Graham - More Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son

and

  • The False Gods

The Letters from a Self-Made Merchant was a quite well known book in the early 20th century.[citation needed] In Dorothy Sayers's "Whose Body?" (1923), a copy of the book, in a Morocco binding, is mentioned as being at the bedside of a self-made British financier.

Estate[edit]

The remains of Lorimer's estate in Wyncote, Pennsylvania, is now the campus of Ancillae Assumpta Academy. Most of Lorimer Park, a 213-acre (0.86 km2) public park located in Abington Township, Pennsylvania, was a bequest from the Lorimer family to the citizens of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Friedrich, Otto. Decline and Fall. Harper and Row, 1970, p. 10
  2. ^ Tebbel, John. George Horace Lorimer and the Saturday Evening Post. Doubleday, 1948.
  3. ^ Catherine Hanley, George Horace Lorimer. 2006.
  4. ^ SaturdayEveningPost.com

External links[edit]

Lorimer's tomb in Laurel Hill Cemetery overlooks the Schuylkill River and Kelly Drive.