Tuesday, June 11, 2013

An American Anti-Semite, Yale Graduate

I never never heard of this man: Poultney Bigelow.

He was an American journalist and author, born in New York City, sone of John Bigelow, co-owner of the New York Evening Post.  His father was appointed United States consul in Paris, and subsequently (1865) Minister to France, and Poultney was sent to a Potsdam preparatory school. While there he became a friend of Prince Wilhelm and his younger brother, Prince Henry, playing "Cowboys and Indians" with them in the schoolyard. His friendship and correspondence with the Kaiser continued throughout their lives.  For a time, Bigelow was an admirer of both Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini.  He graduated Yale in 1879 and  obtained a law degree from Columbia Law School.

He was even the correspondent for The Times (of London) in Cuba during the Spanish-American War. He was a voluminous correspondent with the leading figures of the day, including Roger Casement, Henry George, Mark Twain, Geraldine Farrar, Percy Grainger, Frederic Remington, Kaiser Wilhelm II, Israel Zangwill and George S. Viereck.

He authored eleven books, including a two-volume autobiography, and several on history and colonial administration.

He founded the first American magazine devoted to amateur sports, Outing, in 1885.

What else?

Well, this:-

The author and journalist Poultney Bigelow wrote an attack on Jewish farmers in 1911, arguing “that the farms of Connecticut are deteriorating because no longer worked by native stock.”

It seems he "studied" the matter earlier, writing, "The Russian and His Jew." Harper's, vol. 57, #526, April 1894, pp. 603-14.

What's a little anti-Semitism among intellectuals and men (and women) of letters?

Oh, and there was this late one:

The synagogue was partially destroyed by arson in 1972, and completely destroyed eight years later.

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