Bellamy Storer (1847–1922)

Bellamy Storer
United States Ambassador to Austria
In office
January 3, 1903  February 8, 1906
President Theodore Roosevelt
Preceded by Robert S. McCormick
Succeeded by Charles S. Francis
United States Minister to Spain
In office
June 16, 1899  December 10, 1902
President William McKinley
Preceded by Stewart L. Woodford
Succeeded by Arthur Sherburne Hardy
United States Minister to Belgium
In office
July 21, 1897  May 31, 1899
President William McKinley
Preceded by James S. Ewing
Succeeded by Lawrence Townsend
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1891  March 3, 1895
Preceded by Benjamin Butterworth
Succeeded by Charles Phelps Taft
Personal details
Born (1847-08-28)August 28, 1847
Cincinnati, Ohio
Died November 12, 1922(1922-11-12) (aged 75)
Paris, France
Resting place Le Cimetiere Neuf, Marvejols, France
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Maria Longworth Nichols Storer
Alma mater Harvard University
Cincinnati Law School

Bellamy Storer (August 28, 1847 – November 12, 1922) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio and a diplomat for the United States in Europe.


Storer was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of Bellamy Storer (1796–1875) and uncle of Nicholas Longworth. Storer attended the common schools in Cincinnati and Dixwell's private Latin school, Boston, Massachusetts. He was graduated from Harvard University in 1867 and from the law school of Cincinnati College (now University of Cincinnati College of Law) in 1869.

He was admitted to the bar in 1869 and commenced practice in Cincinnati. He served as assistant United States attorney for the southern district of Ohio in 1869 and 1870.

Storer's wife, Maria Longworth Nichols Storer, was the founder of Rookwood Pottery located in Cincinnati, Ohio. They married in 1886. Her Cincinnati connections were a great boost to Storer's standing in the city.[1]

Storer was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-second and Fifty-third Congresses (March 4, 1891 – March 3, 1895). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1894, but resumed the practice of law. He was Assistant Secretary of State in 1897.

Storer promoted William McKinley in his campaigns for governor of Ohio and president of the United States.[1] This service was remembered in McKinley's assignment of him to be Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Belgium[1] from May 4, 1897, to April 11, 1899. He was later assumed the same post for Spain from April 12, 1899, to September 26, 1902. His friend Theodore Roosevelt then assigned him as the ambassador to Austria-Hungary from 1903 to March 1906.

Although Roosevelt asked Storer to intervene with the Pope regarding a cardinalate for John Ireland, Roosevelt later had second thoughts,[1] and Storer's activity on Ireland's behalf led to his dismissal from the Austria-Hungary post.[2] Storer converted to Roman Catholicism from Episcopal Church [3]in 1896.[1]

Last years/death

Afterwards Storer resumed the practice of law. He died in Paris, France, November 12, 1922, and was interred in Le Cimetiere Neuf, Marvejols, France.


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 E. Wilder Spaulding (1936). "Storer, Bellamy". Dictionary of American Biography. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons.
  2.  Reynolds, Francis J., ed. (1921). "Storer, Bellamy". Collier's New Encyclopedia. New York: P.F. Collier & Son Company.


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