Theodore Tilton

right Theodore Tilton (October 2, 1835 – May 29, 1907) was an American newspaper editor, poet and abolitionist. He was born in New York City to Silas Tilton and Eusebia Tilton (same surname). On his twentieth birthday, October 2, 1855, he married Elizabeth Richards, known as Libby Tilton. Tilton's newspaper work was fully supportive of abolitionism and the Northern cause in the American Civil War.

Theodore Tilton was present at The Southern Loyalist Convention held in Philadelphia in September 1866. Frederick Douglass writes of him in his autobiography:

“There was one man present who was brave enough to meet the duty of the hour; one who was neither afraid nor ashamed to own me as a man and a brother; one man of the purest Caucasian type, a poet and a scholar, brilliant as a writer, eloquent as a speaker, and holding a high influential position-the editor of a weekly journal having the largest circulation of any weekly paper in the city or State of New York- and the man was MR. Theodore Tilton. He came to me by the hand in a most brotherly way, and proposed to walk with me in the procession.”

From 1860 to 1871, Tilton was the assistant of Henry Ward Beecher; however, in 1874 he filed a complaint against Beecher for "criminal conversation" (adultery) with Tilton's wife and sued for a $100,000 judgment.

During this period, he was the 1869 commencement speaker for the Irving Literary Society.

Following the acquittal of Beecher in the trial, Tilton moved to Paris, where he lived for the rest of his life. In the 1880s, Tilton frequently played chess with fellow American exile (but ex-Confederate) Judah Benjamin, until the latter died in 1884. Provided by Wikipedia

by Tilton, Elizabeth
Published 1924
Woman's National Committee for Law Enforcement