Elbert Green Hubbard, American writer, publisher, and artist

“There is something that is much more scarce, something finer far, something rarer than Ability. It is the Ability to recognize Ability.”

Elbert Green Hubbard (June 19, 1856 – May 7, 1915) was an American writer, publisher, artist, and philosopher. Raised in Hudson, Illinois, he had early success as a traveling salesman for the Larkin Soap Company.

  • Hubbard is known best as the founder of the Roycroft artisan community in East Aurora, New York, an influential exponent of the Arts and Crafts Movement.
  • Among his many publications were the 14-volume work, “Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great,” and the short publication “A Message to Garcia.”
  • He and his second wife, Alice Moore Hubbard, died aboard the RMS Lusitania when it was sunk by a German submarine off the coast of Ireland on May 7, 1915.

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