Elbert Hubbard, American writer, publisher, artist, and philosopher

“One machine can do the work of 50 ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.”

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. Known best as the founder of the Roycroft artisan community in East Aurora, New York, he was 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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