American lyrist, writer, and journalist; manager of "The Jewish Exponent" (Philadelphia); born in Philadelphia Oct. 18, 1862. He was educated in the public schools of that city, and from 1880 to 1890 was in the employ of the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad. Gerson was largely instrumental in terminating the railroad strikes of 1887 in Philadelphia and New York. In 1890 he was appointed managing editor of "The Chicago Israelite," but returned to Philadelphia in 1891 to assume the duties of business manager of "The Jewish Exponent," published in that city. Gerson has held various press positions, having been on the staff of "The American Musician" (1885-90), Freund's "Music and Drama," of New York (1896-1903), and "The Public Ledger," Philadelphia.

Gerson is the author of a volume of poems entitled "Some Verses" (Philadelphia, 1893), and of a number of essays, sketches, poems, etc., which have appeared in the Jewish and in the general periodical press.

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