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William L. Alden

Born: Oct 9, 1837

Death: Jan 14, 1908

Birthplace: Williamstown

Nationality: United States

William L. Alden

Date of Birth : Oct 9, 1837
Date of Death : Jan 14, 1908
Birth Place : Williamstown

William Livingston Alden was a prominent American journalist, author, humorist, canoe enthusiast, and diplomat. He was born in Williamstown, Massachusetts on October 9, 1837. He attended Lafayette College; he transferred to Jefferson College after his father, Joseph Alden, was elected president. He graduated from Jefferson in 1858 and read law in New York City with William M. Evarts, joining the bar in 1860. He practiced law until 1866. He then became a journalist, writing for the Scribner’s Monthly, The Atlantic, New York World and Daily Graphic. He later worked on the editorial staff of the New York Times and produced a weekly column called ""Minor Topics." He also wrote humor pieces and juvenile fiction. While in New York City he became an early member of the Theosophical Society, an esoteric organisation founded by Helena Blavatsky in 1875. He is also credited with bringing the sport of canoeing to the United States. He founded the New York Canoe Club in 1871, which was the first canoeing organization in America. He was a founding member of the American Canoe Association and served as the first Commodore.

Also known as

  • William Livingston Alden


  • Joseph Alden
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