Reuben Gold Thwaites

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Reuben Gold Thwaites
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Born 1853
Dorchester, Massachusetts
Died 1913
Nationality American
Occupation Journalist
Known for President of the American Library Association, Editor of the Wisconsin State Journal

Reuben Gold Thwaites (1853 - 1913) was an American historical writer.


Thwaites was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts. He moved to Wisconsin in 1866 where, from 1876 to 1886, he was managing editor of the Wisconsin State Journal, at Madison. "In 1885 he became assistant to Lyman C. Draper (q.v.), corresponding secretary of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, and when Draper retired in Jan., 1887, Thwaites succeeded him as executive officer of the Society; he served in this capacity from 1887 until his death."[1] He edited the Wisconsin Historical Collections (volumes xi-xix, 1888-1911); The Jesuit Relations (73 volumes, 1896 - 1901); Early Western Travels, 1748-1846 (32 volumes, 1904 - 1907); Original Journals of Lewis and Clark (7 volumes, 1905); and similar works. In 1899 he was president of the American Library Association.



  • F. J. Turner, Reuben Gold Thwaites (Madison, 1914)


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