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Horton, George

Born: 1859 AD
Died: 1942 AD
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1859 – George Horton, born on the 11th of October in Fairville. He was a member of the US diplomatic corps who held several consular offices, principally in Greece, in late 19th century and early 20th century.

1893 – He became U.S. Consul in Athens, where he actively promoted the revival of the Olympic Games and inspired the U.S. team’s participation.

       – He wrote a lyrical visitor’s guide to Athens and composed a reflective description of his stay in Argolis.

1893 – 1898 – Served twice as the U.S. Consul in Athens.

1899 – 1901 – Started his career as a literary journalist, first as the literary editor of Chicago Times-Herald.

1901 – 1903 – As the editor of the literary supplement of Chicago American newspaper.

1909 – Married Catherine Sacopoulo, a Greek-American.

1910 – 1911 – He was the US Consul in Salonika.

1911 – 1917 – He was the US Consul to 0zmir/Smyrna, the first time.

1926 – He is best remembered for his book about the events leading up to and during the fire. The book was published, The Blight of Asia, refers to what he considered the abominable behavior of the Turks, and by extension, all of Islam.

1942 – Died on this year at the age of 83.

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