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LORENZ, CARL

LORENZ, CARL (31 March 1858-30 April 1924) was for 37 years a key staff member of Cleveland's German-language daily, the WAECHTER UND ANZEIGER. The son of an architect or builder, Lorenz was born in Stuttgart, Germany, and studied languages in the University of Genf, Switzerland, and later in England. Emigrating to the United States in 1880, he first settled in Portsmouth, O., where he taught school and married a German girl named Riemenschneider. Coming to Cleveland in 1887, he joined the staff of the Waechter am Erie and remained after the paper's merger into the Waechter und Anzeiger in 1893. He filled the positions of Sunday editor and, after 1920, city editor. Locally, he was also a member of the Cleveland Art Club (see CLEVELAND SOCIETY OF ARTISTS) and secretary of the Cleveland library board (see CLEVELAND PUBLIC LIBRARY). Lorenz authored a considerable number of works, including a German-language dramatization of Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter under the title Das Schandmal (Mark of Infamy). Among several German novels he penned was Ein Deutscher Stromer (A German Tramp). His major English-language work was The Life and Character of Tom L. Johnson (1911). Lorenz was survived only by his wife.