Title: George Curtis Waldo papers
Creator: Waldo, George Curtis
Call Number: MS118
Size: 0.25 cubic ft., 113 digital objects
Digital Collection and Archives, Tufts University
The collection contains George C. Waldo's personal journals from 1851-57. Journal entries from August 1856 - January 1857 describe his first semester as a student at Tufts.
George Curtis Waldo was born on March 20, 1837 in Lynn, Essex Co., Massachusetts as the son of Josiah Crosby Waldo and Elmira Ruth Ballou. His mother was the daughter of Rev. Hosea Ballou, great-uncle of Hosea Ballou 2d, who served as first president of Tufts College. George Curtis Waldo was a student at Tufts College in its first few years, graduated from Tufts A1860 and G1860, and then received an honorary degree of Doctor of Literature in 1900.
He enlisted in Company E, 2nd Infantry Regiment Connecticut and then mustered out within a few months in the summer of 1961, due to ailing health. Given his health he stopped his study of law at the office of the A. C. Lippit in New London Connecticut and began working for the Bridgeport Standard in 1867. He became the chief editor of the 'Standard,' a daily and weekly newspaper published in Bridgeport, Ct. in 1888. He was a junior warden of the Christ Episcopal Church and a co-founder and then secretary of the Bridgeport Scientific Society, and vice-president of the Fairfield County Historical Society which later joined with the Scientific Society. Besides serving on the Bridgeport board of education, he was also member of several of its committees; he was president and vice-president of the old Eclectic club, and member of numerous other organizations including officer of the Republican Club of Bridgeport. He also served as shell fish commissioner of the state of Connecticut.
He married Annie Frye (great-great-granddaughter of Colonel James Frye commanding a regiment at Bunker Hill) in 1874 and they had three sons and one daughter. Waldo died in 1921.
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The series contains George C. Waldo's personal journals from 1851-57. Journal entries from August 1856 - January 1857 describe his first semester as a student at Tufts.