Who was Elbert Hubbard?

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“The love we give away is the only love we keep.” Elbert Hubbard


Who was Elbert Hubbard?

Elbert Green Hubbard (1856 – 1915) was an American writer, publisher, artist, and philosopher. Presently Hubbard is known best as the founder of the Roycroft artisan community in East Aurora, New York, an influential exponent of the Arts and Crafts Movement.

Among his many publications were the fourteen-volume work Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great and the short publication A Message to Garcia. He and his second wife, Alice Moore Hubbard, died aboard the RMS Lusitania when it was sunk by a German submarine off the coast of Ireland on May 7, 1915.

Early life

Hubbard was born in Bloomington, Illinois, to Silas Hubbard and Juliana Frances Read on June 9, 1856. In the autumn of 1855, his parents had relocated to Bloomington from Buffalo, New York, where his father had a medical practice.

The Hubbard children attended the local public school, a small building with two rooms that overlooked a graveyard. Thirty years later, Elbert described his schooling days as “splendid” and “tinged with no trace of blue…. Mary would remember her older brother’s role as a school troublemaker, noting that he “annoyed his teachers… occasionally by roaring inappropriately when his too-responsive sense of humor was tickled.


His best-known work came after he founded Roycroft, an Arts and Crafts community in East Aurora, New York in 1895. This grew from his private press which he had initiated in collaboration with his first wife Bertha Crawford Hubbard, the Roycroft Press, inspired by William Morris’s Kelmscott Press. Although called the “Roycroft Press” by latter-day collectors and print historians, the organization called itself “The Roycrofters” and “The Roycroft Shops”.

Text : Wikipedia contributors. “Elbert Hubbard.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 1 Aug. 2017. Web.

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