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Title: George J. Spinner to Walt Whitman, 28 November 1891

Date: November 28, 1891

Whitman Archive ID: loc.05989

Source: The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Transcribed from digital images or a microfilm reproduction of the original item. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Related item: Whitman drew a vertical line in blue crayon through this autograph request and used the verso to write a letter to his sister Hannah Whitman Heyde, dated December 7, 1891. The left margin of the page has been cut away, removing part of the text of Spinner's letter. Whitman's letter to his sister remains intact.

Contributors to digital file: Andrew David King, Cristin Noonan, Brandon James O'Neil, and Stephanie Blalock

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Warren, Pa.,
Nov. 28 1891

[Walt] [W]hitman Esq.
[C]amden. N.J.
My Kind Sir:

I am try[ing] hard to collect the auto[gra]phs of all the men of note [illegible] all parts of the country [illegible] I would be pleased very [mu]ch if you would send [me] yours—which I hope [you] will, and oblige.

Yours sincerely
Geo. J. Spinner

348 WaterSt
Warren Pa

George Jacob Spinner (1874–1934) was born in Warren, Pennsylvania. His parents, Jacob and Elizabeth Spinner, were immigrants from the Alsace-Lorraine region. Around 1895, The family moved to Toldeo, Ohio, where George married Clarinda Saunders and had three children, Bertram, Ruth, and Ralph. When he registered for the Draft during WWI, George was living with his family in Chicago, Illinois, and working as a manager for the Dr. Bell Electro-Appliance Company. After Clarinda's death in 1922, he married Edith Nelson. According to his death certificate, Spinner was working as a copywriter for an advertising company at the time of his death. He is buried in Chicago's Rosehill Cemetery. For more information, see Spinner's death notice in the Chicago Daily Tribune (October 22, 1934), 20.


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