Behrensmeyer, Henry P. (1868-1948) | Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Born 18 Feb. 1868 in Quincy, Ill., once considered the center of pen art. Special classes in penmanship were taught at Gem City Business College there by world-famous penmen, including Behrensmeyer. He placed special emphasis on rhythm in writing, using music to teach his class by -- for example, playing "Camp Town Races", which he thought had an ideal penmanship "swing", on a hand-cranked Victrola.Â
Educated at Gem City Business College; expert penman and engrosser; faculty member of Gem City Business College, H.P. Behrensmeyer was considered one of the greatest penmen in the world during his lifetime -- so great, he was given the title "Champion Penman of the World." Died 24 April 1948.