Curtis N. Douglas

Quick Facts

IntroAmerican politician
Was Politician
From United States of America
Type Politics
Birth28 May 1856
Death 9 February 1919
(aged 62 years)
PoliticsDemocratic Party
Children:Gertrude T. Widener


Curtis Noble Douglas (May 28, 1856 in Watertown, Jefferson County, New York – February 9, 1919) was an American businessman and politician from New York.


He was the son of John Pettit Douglas and Henrietta (Hughson) Douglas. He attended Brooklyn Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute from 1864 to 1870, and John C. Overheisus Classical School from 1871 to 1873. He graduated B.A. from Rochester University in 1877. Then he became secretary of his father, an extensive land owner in Jefferson County, and supervised a variety of business operations until 1880. He then pursued a teaching and literary career, becoming headmaster of Betts Academy in Stamford, Connecticut, and then assistant headmaster of J. H. Massis College Preparatory School in New York City. In 1882, he established his own college preparatory school there. In 1886, he married Nancy Sherman Thomson (1867–1927), and they had three children. Upon his marriage, he abandoned teaching, and instead engaged with his father-in-law in the lumber business in Albany, New York.

Douglas was a member of the New York State Assembly (Albany Co., 4th D.) in 1894. His seat was contested by Republican Amos J. Ablett, and the Committee on Elections shortly before the end of the session reported in favor of Ablett, but no action was taken by the Assembly.

Douglas was a member of the New York State Senate (29th D.) in 1899 and 1900.

Douglas was appointed on November 6, 1912, by his brother-in-law, Gov. John Alden Dix, to the Public Service Commission, and remained in office until March 1914. The office carried an annual salary of $15,000, one of the highest salaries for State officers in New York.

He died on February 9, 1919; and was buried at the Albany Rural Cemetery in Menands.