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George Henry Calvert

George Henry Calvert

American dramatist, poet, and biographer
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro American dramatist, poet, and biographer
Countries United States of America
Occupations Writer Biographer
Gender male
Birth 2 January 1803 (Baltimore)
Death 24 May 1889
Mother: Rosalie Stier Calvert
Father: George Calvert
Education Harvard University
The details

George Henry Calvert (January 2, 1803 – May 24, 1889) was an American editor, essayist, dramatist, poet, and biographer. He was the Chair of Moral Philosophy at the newly established College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Baltimore, and in 1854 he served as Mayor of Newport, Rhode Island.


Calvert was born January 2, 1803 in Baltimore, Maryland. His mother, Rosalie Eugenia Stier (1778–1821), was the daughter of a wealthy Belgian aristocrat, Baron Henri Joseph Stier (1743–1821) and his wife Marie Louise Peeters. His father, George Calvert (1768–1838), was the son of Benedict Swingate Calvert – a natural son of Charles Calvert, 5th Baron Baltimore – and his wife Elizabeth Calvert (1731–1788).

George Calvert was the Calverts' eldest son. He grew up in Maryland, graduated from Harvard College in 1823, and studied in Germany where in March 1825 he met the poet Goethe. Returning to Baltimore, he edited the Baltimore American. In 1840 he made another trip to Europe, meeting William Wordsworth,. In 1843 Calvert moved to Newport, Rhode Island.


On May 11, 1829 George Calvert married Elizabeth Steuart (1802–1897). His father was opposed to the match on the grounds that Elizabeth, the daughter of Baltimore physician James Steuart, had little property to her name. However a compromise was eventually reached and, after a suitable delay, the couple were married at the Steuart house in West Baltimore, Maryland Square.

George and Elizabeth had no children.

Academia and politics

In 1830 George Calvert was appointed the Chair of Moral Philosophy at the newly established College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Baltimore.

In 1853, George Calvert was elected Mayor of Newport, Rhode Island, and served a term from October 1853 to June 1854.


  • “Cabiro,” a poem in the stanza of “Don Juan,” of which two cantos were published in 1840, and two more in 1864
  • Scenes and Thoughts in Europe, New York: Wiley & Putnam, 1846 
  • Introduction to Social Science: A Discourse in Three Parts, New York: Redfield, 1856 
  • Comedies (1856)
  • The Gentleman (1863)
  • Anyta and other Poems (1863)
  • First Years in Europe (1867)
  • Ellen, a Poem (1869)
  • Goethe, his Life and Works (1872)
  • Arnold and Andre. An Historical Drama, New York: Lee and Shepard, 1876 

He translated and published in 1845 a portion of the correspondence between Goethe and Schiller.

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