Charles Nordhoff (journalist)
He was born in Erwitte, Germany (Prussia) in 1830, and emigrated to the United States with his parents in 1835. He was educated in Cincinnati, and apprenticed to a printer in 1843. In 1844, he went to Philadelphia where he worked for a short time in a newspaper office.
He then joined the United States Navy in 1845 (aged 15), where he served three years and made a voyage around the world in the USS Columbus (1819), which was engaged in first attempts at opening up Japan to the U.S.A, and in establishing full diplomatic relations with China. After his Navy service, he remained at sea from 1847 in the merchant service, and then whaling, mackerel fishery ships until 1854 (aged 24).
From 1853 to 1857, he worked in various newspaper offices, first in Philadelphia, then in Indianapolis. He was then employed editorially by Harpers in 1857 until 1861, when he went to work the next ten years on the staff of the New York Evening Post, 1861-1667, and he later contributed to the New York Tribune.
He was the father of Walter Nordhoff (1855-1937), author of The Journey of the Flame, penned under the name "Antonio de Fierro Blanco", and of Evelyn Hunter Nordhoff (ca. 1865–1898), America's first female bookbinder and printmaker.
His most widely known books are Communistic Societies of The United States, and California for Health, Pleasure and Residence.
- Kern, Practical Landscape Gardening, editor (Cincinnati, 1855)
- Man-of-War Life: a Boy's Experience in the U. S. Navy, largely autobiographical (Cincinnati, 1855)
- The Merchant Vessel (1855)
- Whaling and Fishing (1855; new edition, 1903)
- Nine Years as a Sailor (1857)
- Stories from the Island World (New York, 1857)
- Secession Is Rebellion: the Union Indissoluble (1860)
- The Freedmen of South Carolina: Some Account of their Appearance, Character, Condition, and Customs (1863)
- America for Free Working Men! (1865)
- Cape Cod and All Along Shore, a collection of stories (1868)
- California: For Health, Pleasure, and Residence (1873)
- Northern California, Oregon, and the Sandwich Islands (1874)
- Politics for Young Americans (1875) This was adopted as a school textbook.
- The Communistic Societies of the United States (1875)
- The Cotton States in the Spring and Summer of 1875 (1876)
- God and the Future Life (1881)
- A Guide to California, the Golden State (1883)
- The merchant vessel - a sailor boy's voyages around the world (1884)
- Peninsular California (1888)
- "Subjects of Biographies". Dictionary of American Biography. Comprehensive Index. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. 1990.
- Hattendorf, John B. "Nordhoff, Charles the elder". williams.edu. Williams-Mystic. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
Rines, George Edwin, ed. (1920). . Encyclopedia Americana.
- The Valley of Cross Purposes: Charles Nordhoff and American Journalism, 1860 - 1890. Carol J. Frost, PhD
This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Wilson, J. G.; Fiske, J., eds. (1900). . Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. New York: D. Appleton.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Gilman, D. C.; Peck, H. T.; Colby, F. M., eds. (1905). . New International Encyclopedia (1st ed.). New York: Dodd, Mead.
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- The Perfectionists of Oneida and Wallingford (online text)--Includes description of their "complex marriage" and rites of "criticism."
- California: for health, pleasure, and residence. A book for travellers and settlers (online text)