|Birth: ||Jun. 22, 1880|
|Death: ||Jun. 22, 1941|
Benjamin Robbins Curtis Low was born June 22, 1880 in Fair Haven, Massachusetts to William Gillman Low and Lois Robbins Curtis. He attended St. Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire, and was a graduate of Yale Univeristy, Class of 1902, and Harvard University, Class of 1905.
He was the author of more than a dozen volumes of verse. Later, he moved to Brooklyn Heights, where the proximity of the harbor and the Brooklyn Bridge influenced his early poetry. After arriving in Brooklyn, he began to practice law and became a partner of the firm of Low, Miller, and Low. During the First World War, he served in Washington as a major in the Ordnance Department.
From 1923 until 1928, he was a partner in the law firm of Hoes, Low, and Miller, and in the latter year he became counsel to the Home Life Insurance Company. He served in this position until his death.
On February 15, 1922, he married Virginia Wagner of Brooklyn. Following their marriage, the couple moved to the Upper East Side of Manhattan, where they resided for the rest of their lives at 21 East 79th Street. In 1934, they purchased a rebuilt farmhouse in Vermont, where they spent their summers. They had two children, Malcolm Scollay Low and Caroline Davison Low.
Benjamin's first poetry book was "The Sailor Who Has Sailed," published in 1911, and his last, released shorty before his death, was "Poems 1910-1940," with "Pathway to the Stars" perhaps his best known volume. He also wrote a biography of his uncle, Seth Low.
He was named for his maternal grandfather, Benjamin Robbins Curtis, an associate justice of the Supreme Court, who gave the dissenting opinion in the Dred Scott desicion and defended President Andrew Johnson at his impeachment.
Benjamin passed away suddenly of natural causes on Sunday morning, June 22, 1941, at his summer home in Bridgewater, Vermont. He had arrived the day before with his wife of nearly twenty years, his son, and daughter to spend the summer there. He turned sixty-one on the day of his death.
A Funeral Service was held on Wednesday, June 25, 1941 at 3:00 p.m. in the Church of the Heavenly Rest located at Fifth Avenue and 90th Street in Manhattan.
Benjamin was laid to rest following the conclusion of the Funeral Services at Oakwood Cemetery in Mount Kisco, Westchester County.
REST IN PEACE.
William Gilman Low (1844 - 1936)
Lois Robbins Curtis Low (1850 - 1923)
Louise Virginia Wagner Low (1899 - 1989)
Anna Curtis Low Grant-Watson (1875 - 1953)*
William Gilman Low (1875 - 1945)*
Lois Curtis Low (1878 - 1969)*
Benjamin Robbins Curtis Low (1880 - 1941)
Rosamond Low Chapman (1882 - 1976)*
Harriette Low (1884 - 1964)*
Esther Hope Low Little (1888 - 1981)*
New York, USA
Maintained by: Ryan D. Curtis
Originally Created by: Pat
Record added: Apr 29, 2007
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