George Horace Lorimer

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George Horace Lorimer was an American journalist and author. He is best known as the editor of The Saturday Evening Post.

Lorimer was born in Louisville, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
Louisville is the largest city in the U.S. state of Kentucky, and the county seat of Jefferson County. Since 2003, the city's borders have been coterminous with those of the county because of a city-county merger. The city's population at the 2010 census was 741,096...

, the son of the Rev. George C. Lorimer
George C. Lorimer
George Claude Lorimer was a noted reverend, and was pastor of several churches around the United States, most notably the Tremont Temple in Boston, Massachusetts....

 and Belle Burford Lorimer. He attended Moseley High School in Chicago
Chicago
Chicago is the largest city in the US state of Illinois. With nearly 2.7 million residents, it is the most populous city in the Midwestern United States and the third most populous in the US, after New York City and Los Angeles...

, Colby College
Colby College
Colby College is a private liberal arts college located on Mayflower Hill in Waterville, Maine. Founded in 1813, it is the 12th-oldest independent liberal arts college in the United States...

, and Yale University
Yale University
Yale University is a private, Ivy League university located in New Haven, Connecticut, United States. Founded in 1701 in the Colony of Connecticut, the university is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States...

. In 1899 he became editor-in-chief of The Saturday Evening Post
The Saturday Evening Post
The Saturday Evening Post is a bimonthly American magazine. It was published weekly under this title from 1897 until 1969, and quarterly and then bimonthly from 1971.-History:...

, and remained in charge until 1936, about a year before his death from throat cancer. He served also as vice president, president, and chairman of Curtis Publishing Company
Curtis Publishing Company
The Curtis Publishing Company, founded in 1891 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, became one of the largest and most influential publishers in the United States during the early 20th century. The company's publications included the Ladies' Home Journal and The Saturday Evening Post, The American Home,...

, which published the Post.

Books



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. In Dorothy Sayers's "Whose Body?
Whose Body?
Whose Body? is a 1923 novel by Dorothy L. Sayers, which introduced the character of Lord Peter Wimsey.-Plot introduction:Lord Peter is intrigued by the sudden appearance of a naked body in the bath of an architect, and investigates...

" (1923), a copy of the book, in a morocco binding, is mentioned as being at the bedside of a self-made British financier.

Estate



The remains of Lorimer's estate in Wyncote, Pennsylvania
Wyncote, Pennsylvania
Wyncote is a census-designated place in Cheltenham Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 3,044 at the 2010 census...

, is now the campus of Ancillae Assumpta Academy
Ancillae Assumpta Academy
Ancillae-Assumpta Academy is a small, private school in Wyncote, Pennsylvania that focusses on teaching students Roman Catholicism...

. Most of Lorimer Park
Lorimer Park
Lorimer Park is a public park in Abington Township, Pennsylvania. The park, a bequest from the late George Horace Lorimer , is connected to Pennypack Park in Philadelphia County, and the Pennypack Creek runs through both parks...

, a 213 acre (0.86198118 km²) public park located in Abington Township
Abington Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
Abington Township is a township in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 55,310 in as of the 2010 census.Abington Township is one of Montgomery County's oldest communities dating back to before 1700 and being incorporated in 1704. It is home to some of the county's...

, Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is a U.S. state that is located in the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. The state borders Delaware and Maryland to the south, West Virginia to the southwest, Ohio to the west, New York and Ontario, Canada, to the north, and New Jersey to...

, was a bequest from the Lorimer family to the citizens of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
Montgomery County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania, in the United States. As of 2010, the population was 799,874, making it the third most populous county in Pennsylvania . The county seat is Norristown.The county was created on September 10, 1784, out of land originally part...

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