Albert Payson Terhune (1872 - 1942)



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Albert Payson Terhune

Library of Congress 1890–1910
Born December 21, 1872
Newark, New Jersey
Died February 18, 1942 (aged 69)
Pompton Lakes, New Jersey
Resting place Pompton Reformed Church
Education Columbia University
Occupation Writer
Known for Author
Sunnybank Kennels
Spouse(s) Lorraine Bryson
Anice Terhune
Children Lorraine Virginia Terhune Stevens (1898–1956)
Parent(s) Edward Payson Terhune
Mary Virginia Hawes
Relatives Christine Terhune Herrick (1859–1944), sister
Virginia Terhune Van De Water (1865–1945), sister
Albert Payson Terhune (December 21, 1872 – February 18, 1942) was an American author, dog breeder, and journalist. The public knows him best for his novels relating the adventures of his beloved collies and as a breeder of collies at his Sunnybank Kennels, the lines of which still exist in today's Rough Collies.[1][2]

Contents [hide]
1 Biography
2 Legacy
3 Writing
4 List of works
5 References
6 Further reading
7 External links
Albert Payson Terhune was born in New Jersey to Mary Virginia Hawes and the Reverend Edward Payson Terhune. His mother, Mary Virginia Hawes, was a writer of household management books and pre-Civil War novels under the name Marion Harland. Terhune had four sisters and one brother, though only two of his sisters lived to be adults: Christine Terhune Herrick (1859–1944); and Virginia Terhune Van De Water (1865–1945).

Sunnybank (41.0012°N 74.2755°W) was originally the family's summer home, with Terhune making it his permanent residence in 1912. He was educated at Columbia University where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1893. From 1894 to 1916, he worked as a reporter for The Evening World.
Albert Payson Terhune in conference with his Rough Collies
He boxed exhibition matches with James J. Corbett, Bob Fitzsimmons and James J. Jeffries.[3]
His Sunnybank Kennels where he bred and raised rough collies were "the most famed collie kennels in the U.S."[3]
"Bert" Terhune was an active member of the Adventurers' Club of New York.
Terhune was married twice. His first wife, Lorraine Bryson Terhune, died at the age of 23, four days after giving birth to Lorraine Virginia Terhune Stevens (1898–1956) and nine months into the marriage. He later remarried to Anice Terhune; they never had children. He died on February 18, 1942.[1] He was buried at the Pompton Reformed Church in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey.

His estate, Sunnybank, in Wayne, New Jersey is maintained as Terhune Memorial Park – Sunnybank.[4][5] It is open to the public and visitors can visit the graves of many of the dogs mentioned in Terhune's works and view a collection of Terhune's book and dog awards at the Van Riper-Hopper Historic House Museum. Historical and family items from the Terhune home, "The Place," can be found at the Pompton Lakes Historical Museum and the Van Riper-Hopper House Museum in Wayne, New Jersey.

As a tribute to Terhune, the dog in A Boy and His Dog calls his master Albert. The 1969 novella was written by Harlan Ellison. The 1975 film was directed by L.Q. Jones.

Albert Payson Terhune first published short stories about his collie Lad, titled Lad Stories, in various general-interest magazines, including Red Book, Saturday Evening Post, Ladies' Home Journal, Hartford Courant, and the Atlantic Monthly.[6][7] The first of his novels about his dogs, Lad: A Dog, collected a dozen stories of his collie Lad in novel form. Lad was followed by over 30 additional dog-focused novels, including two additional books about Lad. Published in 1919, the novel was a best seller in both the adult and young adult markets and has been reprinted over 80 times. It was adapted into a feature film in 1962.[8] A man of his time, Terhune is now often criticized by some for his starkly racist depictions of the minorities, hill people and so-called "half-breeds" that peopled parts of northern New Jersey less idealized than Sunnybank.[9][10]

List of works[edit]

Terhune in 1922

Terhune's "In Treason's Track" was the cover story for the December 1910 issue of The Argosy

"As the Dice Fell" was originally published in The Argosy in 1912
Syria from the Saddle (1896)
Columbia Stories (1897)
How to Box to Win (1900) (written as "Terry McGovern")
Dr. Dale: A Story Without a Moral (1900) (with Marion Harland)
The New Mayor (1907)
Caleb Conover, Railroader (1907)
The World's Great Events (1908)
The Fighter (1909)
The Return of Peter Grimm (1912, novelization of the play by David Belasco)
The Woman (1912)
Famous American Indians (1912)
Around the World in Thirty Days (1914)
Dad (1914) (with Sinclair Lewis)
The Story of Damon and Pythias (1915)
Superwomen (1916) Republished as: Famous Hussies of History (1943)
Dollars and Cents (1917)
The Years of the Locust (1917)
Fortune (1918)
Wonder Women In History (1918)
Lad: A Dog (1919)
Bruce (1920)
Buff: A Collie (1921)
The Man in the Dark (1921)
His Dog (1922)
Black Gold (1922)
Black Caesar's Clan (1922)
Further Adventures of Lad (1922) Republished as: Dog Stories Every Child Should Know (1941)
The Pest (1923)
Lochinvar Luck (1923)
The Amateur Inn (1923)
Treve (1924)
The Tiger's Claw (1924)
The Heart of a Dog (1924)
Now That I'm Fifty (1925)
The Runaway Bag (1925)
Wolf (1925)
Najib (1925)
Treasure (1926) Republished as: The Faith of a Collie (1949)
My Friend the Dog (1926)
Gray Dawn (1927)
The Luck of the Laird (1927) Republished as: A Highland Collie (1950)
Bumps (1927)
Blundell's Last Guest (1927)
Water! (1928)
Black Wings (1928)
The Secret of Sea-Dream House (1929)
Lad of Sunnybank (1929)
To the Best of My Memory (1930)
Diana Thorne's Dog Basket: A Series of Etchings (1930)
Proving Nothing (1930)
A Dog Named Chips (1931)
The Son of God (1932)
The Dog Book (1932)
The Way of a Dog (1932)
Letters of Marque (1934)
The Book of Sunnybank (1934) Republished as: Sunnybank: Home of Lad (1953)
Real Tales of Real Dogs (1935)
True Dog Stories (1936)
The Critter and Other Dogs (1936)
Unseen! (1937)
The Terhune Omnibus (1937) Republished as The Best-Loved Dog Stories of Albert Payson Terhune (1954)
A Book of Famous Dogs (1937) Republished as: Famous Dog Stories Every Child Should Know (1937)
Grudge Mountain (1939) Republished as: Dog of the High Sierras (1951)
Dogs (1940)
Loot! (1940) Republished as: Collie to the Rescue (1952)
Across the Line (1945) (with notes and commentary by Anice Terhune)
Wallace: Glasgow's Immortal Fire Dog (1961)
Great Dog Stories (1994) Collects five stories from The Heart of a Dog and five from My Friend the Dog
^ Jump up to: a b "Albert P. Terhune Dies". New York Times. February 19, 1942. Retrieved May 24, 2007. Writer of Stories About Dogs. Stricken at Pompton Lakes. His Kennel Famous. Did Screen Work. Published 'Lad: A Dog,' First in Canine Series, in 1919.
Jump up ^ "Albert P. Terhune, Author, Dies at 69. Dogs Were Central Characters in His Most Noted Stories. Was Outstanding Amateur Boxer in His Earlier Years. Funeral Saturday". Baltimore Sun. February 19, 1942. Retrieved June 30, 2010. Albert Payson Terhune, 69, died today at his forly-four-acre estate, Sunnybank, among the collies that won him international fame as an author.
^ Jump up to: a b "Milestones". Time magazine. March 2, 1942. Died. Albert Payson Terhune, 69, world's most prolific and successful writer of dog stories (Lad: A Dog; Buff: A Collie; etc.); in Pompton Lakes, N.J. He wrote stories about human beings for more than 20 years before he sold his first dog story. A jut-jawed, athletic heavyweight, who had boxed exhibition bouts with James J. Corbett, Bob Fitzsimmons and Jim Jeffries, he wrote eleven hours a day, six days a week for some 30 years. His kennels, Sunnybank, became the most famed collie kennels in the U.S.
Jump up ^ "Historical Commission and House Museums – Sunnybank". Township of Wayne, New Jersey. Archived from the original on October 23, 2009. Retrieved February 4, 2011.
Jump up ^ "Sunnybank Today". Sunnybank Collies. Retrieved February 4, 2011.
Jump up ^ Marshall, Kristina T. (2001). His Dogs. The Collie Health Foundation. p. 29.
Jump up ^ Morris, Timothy (2000). You're Only Young Twice: Children's Literature and Films. University of Illinois Press. pp. 32–42. ISBN 0-252-02532-6.
Jump up ^ "Lad: A Dog (1962)". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved October 22, 2009.
Jump up ^ Johnson, Howard Eugene (February 27, 2014). A Dancer in the Revolution: Stretch Johnson, Harlem Communist at the Cotton Club. Oxford University Press. p. 28. Retrieved December 31, 2014.
Jump up ^ Thomas, Elizabeth Marshall (2008). Woof!: Writers on Dogs. Penguin Books. p. 2. Retrieved December 31, 2014.

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1872 - In the year that Albert Payson Terhune was born, on March 1st, Yellowstone National Park became the first national park in the U.S. and perhaps the world's first national park. Established by Congress and signed into law by President Grant, Yellowstone is one of the most spectacular areas in the U.S., filled with natural wonders and wildlife.

1876 - He was only 4 years old when on May 1st, Queen Victoria added the title Empress of India, a title held by British monarchs until 1948 - when India gained independence from the United Kingdom.

1879 - When he was only 7 years old, on October 22nd, Thomas Edison tested the first practical electric light bulb. Lasting 13½ hours before burning out, it used a "a carbon filament or strip coiled and connected to platina contact wires". He applied for a patent on November 4th, receiving the patent in January 1880.

1881 - By the time he was merely 9 years old, on May 21st, Clara Barton, a nurse, founded the American Red Cross. She was inspired by the Red Cross in Geneva Switzerland and the International Red Cross.

1942 - In the year of Albert Payson Terhune's passing, on February 19th, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. This authorized the Secretary of War to "prescribe certain areas as military zones." On March 21st, he signed Public Law 503 which was approved after an hour discussion in the Senate and 30 minutes in the House. The Law provided for enforcement of his Executive Order. This cleared the way for approximately 120,000 men, women, and children of Japanese ancestry to be evicted from the West Coast and to be held in concentration camps and other confinement sites across the country. In Hawaii, a few thousand were detained. German and Italian Americans in the U.S. were also confined.

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