Pillsbury, Harry Nelson

Pillsbury, Harry Nelson

(1872–1906) chess player; born in Somerville, Mass. The best American since Paul Morphy, he beat an unprecedented field including the world champion, the ex-champion, and the champions of six countries, in Hastings, England (1895). Before dying of apoplexy, he twice beat Jackson Showalter for the U.S. title (1897, 1898).
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.