0.25 linear feet.
Catalog Number: M41
Agency History / Biographical Note:
William John Curtis was born in Brunswick, Maine, on August 28, 1854. He attended Bowdoin College and was a member of Psi Upsilon fraternity. After graduating in 1875, he studied law in Bangor and was editor of the Daily Whig and Courier. He was admitted to the Maine Bar in 1878 and, after studying a course at the Columbia University Law School, began to practice in New York. In 1887, he joined the law firm of Sullivan and Cromwell where he was involved in legal matters pertaining to the building of the Panama Canal. Curtis also served as the first president of the United States Steel Company. He married Angeline Sturtevant Riley of Boston in 1881. In 1901 he became a member of the Bowdoin College Board of Overseers, was elected as a Trustee in 1915 and became chairman of the Finance Committee of the College in 1923. Curtis made numerous gifts to Bowdoin College, including the Class of 1875 Gate and the Class of 1875 prize in American history. He died on October 8, 1927, in Camden, Maine.
Scope and Content:
Consists of the correspondence of William John Curtis, including lettersfrom Andrew Carnegie and President Grover Cleveland, and a number of holograph essays on U.S. politics. Also included are biographical materials, such as eulogies, newspaper clippings, images, and a "Town and Country Club" essay by Orren C. Hormell concerning Curtis.
Cite as: William John Curtis Papers, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library.
Access Restrictions: None.