Richard Grant White (1822-1895)

of New York City; Literary & Music Critic, Author, and Shakespearean Scholar

He was born in New York City and after studying medicine and law at the University of New York passed the bar exams. However, he preferred to pursue a literary career and from 1845 was the art critic for The New York Courier & Inquirer. He co-founded The New York World in 1860 and for twenty years (1858 to 1878) he was Chief of the U.S. Revenue Marine Bureau for the District of New York. He authored weekly letters to the London Spectator during the Covil War that he signed "A Yankee". He complied an anthology of war poetry, published books on the English language, and was an internationally acclaimed Shakespearean scholar whose greatest work was an annotated edition of Shakespeare's plays. He lived at 330 East 17th Street in New York City and had two sons, one of whom was the famous architect, Stanford White.
Contributed by Mark Meredith on 02/10/2018 and last updated on 27/02/2024.