Show Summary Details

Page of

Printed from American National Biography. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a single article for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 22 August 2019

Derby, George Horatiolocked

(03 April 1823–15 May 1861)
  • John Lang


Derby, George Horatio (03 April 1823–15 May 1861), soldier and literary humorist, was born in Dedham, Massachusetts, the son of John Barton Derby and Mary Townsend. Derby’s father, a sometime lawyer and eccentric poet, abandoned his family in 1824, not long after George’s birth. Derby entered West Point in 1842. There his practical jokes and comic drawings earned him both a number of demerits and the nickname “Squibob,” one of the two chief pseudonyms with which he later signed his humorous writings. Derby graduated in 1846, seventh in a class of fifty-nine that included ...

Access to the complete content on American National Biography requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.