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Georgina Pell Curtis 1859 ~ 1922


Georgina Pell Curtis, daughter of Alfred Leonard and Maria Elizabeth (Hill) Curtis, was born in New York City, February 19th, 1859. At the age of seven years she lost her hearing and was educated at the Fort Washington, New York Deaf and Dumb Institute, and by private tutors. At the age of thirteen she was sent to St Mary's Protestant Episcopal School, New York, where she remained until her graduation at the age of seventeen. At this school she was the only deaf pupil. For five years after graduation she studied art and worked under different masters and had almost decided to adopt art as a profession when it was suggested to her that she should try and write. This she thought quite impossible, but was urged so strongly that she made the attempt, and succeeded.

In the meantime, she had joined the Roman Catholic Church, and it is as a Catholic writer that she is best known. She has written for all the best Catholic magazines and has brought out three books "Trammellings," a collection of short stories of which she is the author; "Some Roads to Rome in America," and "The American Catholic Who's Who," of which she is the editor. Miss Curtis is lineally descended on the paternal side from Peregrine White, the first child born in the Mayflower colony.

The first edition of the "American Catholic Who's Who" appeared in 1911, and the editor hopes to bring it out every year or two, making it a permanent record of prominent American Catholics in the United States, Canada and Europe.

Women of America

Source: The Part Taken by Women in American History, By Mrs. John A. Logan, Published by The Perry-Nalle Publishing Company, Wilmington, Delaware, 1912.


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