Some Noted English and American Colliers
Gift Collier (1873 - 1939)
Advertising and real estate magnate, for whom Floridas Collier
County is named.
land salesmen in Florida's early days must have loved Barron Gift
Collier. With a dream of creating a "Florida empire,"
Collier began amassing South-west Florida swampland at a dizzying
pace. Between 1921 and 1923, Collier acquired 1.3 million acres,
making him the largest landowner in the state.
the time he died at 65 in 1939 in New York, Collier had an impressive
empire that included a chain of hotels, bus lines, several banks,
newspapers, a telephone company and a steamship line."
Eccentrics of mid-20th Century New York
They lived in terror that they would be poor (after
effect of the Great Depression), that people would steal their possessions,
and they hoarded everything, including a car they kept in the basement.
It was too big to get in, so they disassembled it, then reassembled
it in the cellar. One brother booby-trapped the house with stacks
of newspapers and trip wires. Eventually, one brother became ill
and was an invalid who stayed on the second floor. The other brother
walked everywhere, never took public transportation (wouldn't spend
the money), and was the sole caretaker for the "upstairs"
brother. One day the mobile brother tripped a booby trap wire and
was killed in the crush of newspapers. The other brother died of
starvation and without access to outside help. "
Coming Home Journal (Internet)
number of years ago a book was written about an incident in New
York City involving two elderly men, the Collier brothers. Neither
had married, and they had always lived on upper Park Avenue in the
large home where they were born. One day neighbors realized they
had not seen the old men for quite a long time. The called the police,
who broke into the house and found the old men dead. The coroner
determined they starved to death. Neither has been disabled. They
simply sat in their home and starved. The police also found a fortune
in cash and negotiable securities, all of it in plain sight. Those
old men had starved with a fortune at their fingertips, simply because
for some strange reason they refused to buy food.
and Harry Collier
English motorcycle racers,
1907 Isle of Man TT Races.
The Matchlesses of the Collier brothers were superb.
Charlie won the Race with less than 3 pints of fuel to spare, brother
Harry setting the lap record of 23m.5 secs, 41.81 m.p.h."
and Sam Collier
Cadillac entry American Race Car
Drivers, 1961 Le Mans Race. The Le Mans race still carried
its "gentleman racer" image from its early days and Cunningham
selected the Collier brothers, Miles and Sam, to drive the stock-bodied
Cadillac coupe while Cunningham himself shared the Le Monstre with
professional oval track driver Phil Walters.
The rules for the race in those days were so loose that the Collier
brothers drove the entire race in business suits (complete with
ties) to point up the "somber" mien of their racer.
and James Lincoln Collier
The American Revolution: 1763-1783 is one of their books for young
Actor and announcer. The voice of Superman on the radio and in early
cartoons. Later the television host of the game shows "Beat
the Clock" and "To Tell the Truth."
Collier (22nd Jan 1878 - 25th Apr 1955)
Born in Windsor Berks, England and died in New York, NY.
"Actress, playwright. British born, she was distinguished on
the British and American stage.
Her best-known role and most
available film is the classic all-star production Stage Door (RKO,
1937), where she portrayed (what else?) a drama coach
(Miss Colliers real name was Laura Constance
Collier (1747 - 5th Feb 1832)
Ancestor of Charles DARWIN.
Married 6 MAR 1781 to Darwin, Erasmus, MD, FRS, Naturalist. Child
1: Frances Anne Violetta DARWIN.
Sir George Collier, British Navy
Revolutionary War Leader of operations against the Patriots in New
England and Virginia.
Collier (1650 - 1726)
English cleric, bishop of the "Nonjurors." Best remembered
as the author of several attacks on the immorality of the stage.
Hon. John Collier ROI (1850-1934)
English painter. John Collier was born in London, the second son
of Sir Robert Collier (Lord Monkswell), and because of this aristocratic
background was able to meet many important painters and others.
His artistic training was at the Slade under Poynter, then in Paris
and Munich. He also benefited from knowing Millais and Alma Tadema.
Collier became a popular portrait painter of the upper classes,
and also painted dramatic scenes where the viewer had to guess what
was going on. As well, he painted classical genre to a high standard.
Collier's first wife, Marian, was a daughter of Professor Huxley,
and herself a painter. Unfortunately she died young.
Collier (died in New Mexico about 1968)
"..[E]xecutive secretary of the American Indian Defense Association
and later .. Commissioner of Indian Affairs during Franklin D. Roosevelt's
Payne Collier (1789-1883)
"..English Shakespearean scholar and critic, whose great contributions
to Scholarship were marred by forgeries
" ( Encyclopaedia
Britannica, 1971 edition, vol. 6, page 57.)
Collier (about 1585 - before Jul 5, 1671)
One of the Adventurers (investors) in the Plymouth Colony, and the
first Collier known to have come to New England (in Duxbury, 1633).
He was one of the richest men in Plymouth Colony, and performed
many important civic duties. A well known figure in Plymouth Colony
history. His 4 surviving daughters married Love Brewster, Job Cole,
Constant Southworth, and Governor Thomas Prence..
Collier (1866 - 1944)
Turn-of-the-century American actor (Up the River, She's My Weakness,
etc.) William Collier had a long career in vaudeville and theatre
as a light comedian before he went to Hollywood as a character actor;
his son became the movie star, Buster Collier. Along with Gerald
DuMaurier, John Drew and William Gillette, Collier pioneered an
understated, naturalistic manner of acting, one that would influence
Noel Coward and his generation of players in England and the USA.
London born poet and novelist, who settled in the United States
in 1942, and died in Pacific Palisades, CA in 1980. His first work
was His Monkey Wife, or Married to a Chimp (1930), and other novels
were Epistle to a Friend (1931) and Full Circle (1933).
F. Collier (1846-1909)
Founder of Collier's Magazine (1888, originally called Once a Week,
published until 1956) and the Collier book publishing business.
Born in Myshall, County Carlow, Ireland, he came to America in 1866,
with his parents. In addition to an early subscription book business,
and the magazine, Mr. Collier published "The Five Foot Shelf
of Books" - The Harvard Classics.
J. Collier (1876-1918)
Only son of Peter F. Collier. After 1909, Mr. Collier operated the
Collier publishing business until his own early death. Subsequently,
the business was acquired by Crowell Publishing Company, and, many
years later, by the Macmillan Company. Robert Collier was also an
early aviation enthusiast, and the Collier Trophy is awarded annually
for the outstanding contribution to aviation. Glenn Curtis was the
first recipient, for the developement of the seaplane.
Miller Collier (1867-1956)
Born in Lodi, New York, in the Finger Lakes area, Mr. Collier was
educated at Hamilton College and Columbia Law School. His major
scholarly work, Collier on Bankruptcy (1898, often revised), is
still one of the main references in its field. Mr. Collier at various
times was minister to Spain, president of George Wa shington university,
and ambassador to Chile. He also was the author of books on Collier
genealogy. (See my notes: Published Collier Genealogies, Jan 29,
Commissioner of Indian Affairs under FDR. John Collier was born
in Atlanta, GA, May 4, 1884 and was educated at Columbia University
and the College de France. After his government service, he was
a professor of sociology at CCNY from 1947 - 1954, and authored
books on American Indian subjects. He died in Taos, NM, on May 8,
An English General Baptist teacher. Produced many booklets
and made many comments on christian subjects. Wikipedia