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Anthony Comstock
Birth: Mar. 7, 1844
New Canaan
Fairfield County
Connecticut, USA
Death: Sep. 21, 1915
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

Social Reformer. He was the founder of the Society for the Suppression of Vice, and was the father of the Comstock laws (1873) enacted in order to exclude obscene matter from the mails. In his various campaigns, he caused the arrest of more than 3,000 persons and destroyed 15 tons of books, 284,000 pounds of steretyped plates for printing objectionable books, and nearly 4,000,000 pictures. In 1905, after Comstock had alerted the New York police to the content of George Bernard Shaw's play Mrs. Warrens Profession, Shaw observed that "Comstockery is the world's standing joke at the expense of the United States." Comstockery thus entered the English language, defined in Webster's as "strict censorship of materials considered obscene." (bio by: Joe Fodor) 
Family links: 
  Thomas Anthony Comstock (1811 - 1881)
  Chester Comstock (1837 - 1915)*
  Harriet Comstock (1840 - 1842)*
  Samuel Comstock (1842 - 1863)*
  Anthony Comstock (1844 - 1915)
  Herman Comstock (1846 - 1849)*
  Roger Herman Comstock (1850 - 1925)*
  Caroline Comstock Sperry (1852 - ____)*
  Harriet Lucretia Comstock Benedict (1854 - 1933)*
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The Evergreens Cemetery
Kings County (Brooklyn)
New York, USA
Plot: Sumachs Section, Lot 95
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Record added: Jan 30, 2001
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