Grosvenor, Gilbert Hovey
- Keir B. Sterling
Grosvenor, Gilbert Hovey (28 October 1875–04 February 1966), magazine editor, was born in Istanbul (then Constantinople), Turkey, one of a pair of identical twins born to Edwin Augustus Grosvenor, a clergyman and history professor at Robert College, and Lillian Hovey Waters. Grosvenor so appreciated being a twin that he later described it as “next to a wife … the greatest favor the Lord can give a man.” Except for a short period during the Russo-Turkish War of 1878, the twins were raised by their parents in Turkey. When they were fifteen, Grosvenor and his brother arrived in the United States and attended preparatory school at Worcester Academy in Massachusetts. The brothers then entered Amherst College, where their father was then serving as a history professor, in the fall of 1893. Both were elected to Phi Beta Kappa and were honor graduates in 1897. The twins were the subject of an article in ...