Cleveland Amory Biography
Cleveland Amory Biography
Cleveland Amory Biography
Cleveland Amory Biography
Cleveland Amory Biography
Cleveland Amory Biography

Cleveland Amory Biography

Influential Animal Right Activists

Cleveland Amory

Born: September 2, 1917

Occupation: Author, Commentator, Reporter, Animal Rights Activist

Citizenship: United States

Notable works: The Proper Bostonians | The Cat Who Came for Christmas

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Who is Cleveland Amory?

Cleveland Amory (September 2, 1917 – October 14, 1998) was an American author, reporter, television critic, commentator and animal rights activist. He originally was known for writing a series of popular books poking fun at the pretensions and customs of society, starting with The Proper Bostonians in 1947. From the 1950s through the 1990s, he had a long career as a reporter and writer for national magazines and as a television and radio commentator.

In the late 1980s and 1990s, he was best known for his bestselling books about his adopted cat, Polar Bear, starting with The Cat Who Came for Christmas (1987). Amory devoted much of his life to promoting animal rights, particularly protection of animals from hunting and vivisection; the executive director of the Humane Society of the United States described Amory as "the founding father of the modern animal protection movement."

Cleveland Amory's Early Life

Amory was born September 2, 1917, into a privileged and established Boston Brahmin family; his parents were Robert Amory and Leonore Cobb Amory, daughter of Chicago architect Henry Ives Cobb. During his childhood, he had a great affection for his aunt Lucy "Lu" Creshore, who took in many stray animals and was instrumental in helping Amory get his first puppy as a child, an event that Amory remembered seventy years later as the most memorable moment of his childhood.

In 1936, when he was 18, Amory held a summer job as tutor and companion to 13-year-old William Zinsser, who grew up to be a notable writer and editor. Zinsser later recalled that they had many discussions about their shared interest in journalism, which at that time was not considered a suitable profession for upper-class young men. After attending Milton Academy, Amory went to Harvard where he was president of The Harvard Crimson.

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