Behrensmeyer, Henry P. (1868-1948) | University of Illinois Rare Book and Manuscript Library
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.
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.