George Horace Lorimer

George Horace Lorimer (October 6, 1867 – October 22, 1937[1]) was an American journalist, author and publisher. He is best known as the editor of The Saturday Evening Post, which he led from 1899 to 1936. During his editorial reign, the Post rose from a circulation of several thousand to more than one million. He is also credited with promoting or discovering a large number of American writers, such as Jack London, whose stories were published in the Post.[2] In addition, Lorimer served as vice president, president, and chairman of the Curtis Publishing Company, which published several magazines and numerous books.

George Horace Lorimer
George Horace Lorimer 1922
Lorimer in 1922
Louisville, Kentucky, United States
OccupationJournalist, Author, Editor
Known forThe Saturday Evening Post
Curtis Publishing Company


Lorimers tomb
Lorimer's tomb in Laurel Hill Cemetery overlooks the Schuylkill River and Kelly Drive.

Lorimer was born in Louisville, Kentucky, the son of the Rev. George C. Lorimer and Belle (neé Burford) Lorimer. He attended Moseley High School in Chicago, Colby College, and Yale University.[3]

After working as a journalist, in 1899 he became editor-in-chief of The Saturday Evening Post, published in Philadelphia.[4] He remained in charge until the last day of 1936, about a year before his death from throat cancer.[1] He served also as vice president, president, and chairman of Curtis Publishing Company, which publishes the Post.


In the early 1900s Lorimer also published several books, including

  • Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son (1903)/ 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."
  • Old Gorgon Graham - More Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son,


  • The False Gods

The Letters from a Self-Made Merchant was a quite well known book in the early 20th century. In her novel, Whose Body? (1923), Dorothy Sayers notes that a copy of the book, in a Morocco binding, is kept at the bedside of a self-made British financier.


Lorimer had a large estate in Wyncote, Pennsylvania, just outside Philadelphia. Most of it is now used as the campus of Ancillae Assumpta Academy.

Most of Lorimer Park, a 230-acre (0.93 km2) public park located in Abington Township, Pennsylvania, was a bequest from the Lorimer family to the citizens of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.


  1. ^ a b Friedrich, Otto. Decline and Fall. Harper and Row, 1970, p. 10
  2. ^ Tebbel, John. George Horace Lorimer and the Saturday Evening Post. Doubleday, 1948.
  3. ^ Catherine Hanley, George Horace Lorimer. 2006.
  4. ^ Archived 2009-02-22 at the Wayback Machine

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George Claude Lorimer (June 4, 1838 – September 8, 1904) was a noted reverend, and was pastor of several churches around the United States, most notably the Tremont Temple in Boston, Massachusetts.

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Lorimer came to the United States in 1856 in the hopes of becoming an actor. Coming eventually to Louisville, Kentucky, he came under the influence of Reverend W.W. Everts, who turned Lorimer to Christianity. Lorimer graduated from Georgetown College, Kentucky, in 1859. He was ordained in the Baptist Ministry, first holding brief pastorates in Harrodsburg, Kentucky and Paducah, Kentucky, and then for eight years at the Walnut Street Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. After another brief term in Albany, New York, he next took up an office at the Tremont Temple in Boston, where he would serve as pastor for twenty-one years, with some interruptions. Noted educator Sophia B. Packard served for some time as his assistant.

Early in February 1879 the financially distressed First Baptist Church of Chicago extended a call to Lorimer to go there from the Tremont Temple, and on May 4, 1879, he preached his first sermon as pastor of the Chicago congregation. Lorimer's pastorate was "successful in the highest degree", and by January, 1881, the church raised sufficient means to pay a substantial portion of its debt. On September 25, 1881. Lorimer delivered his farewell sermon in Chicago, returning to the Tremont Temple and leaving a gift of $1,600 to the reorganized Chicago congregation. In 1901 he took up a new pastorate for the last time, at the Madison Avenue Baptist Church in New York City. He died of pneumonia at Aix-les-Bains, and was interred in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In addition to his preaching duties, Lorimer was the author of "many widely-read books on religious and social topics".Lorimer was married to Belle Burford, with whom he had three daughters and a son, publisher George Horace Lorimer.

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