Horatio Alger Jr

Horatio Alger Jr (1832 - 1899)

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Horatio Alger Jr
Born in Chelsea, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United Statesmap
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Died in Natick, Essex, Massachusetts, United Statesmap
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Horatio Alger Jr was born 13 Jan 1832 in Chelsea, Suffolk County, Massachusetts. He died on 18 Jul 1899 in Natick, Middlesex County, Massachusetts and was buried in Glenwood Cemetery in Natick.[1]

Horatio is best known for his many juvenile novels about impoverished boys and their rise from humble backgrounds to lives of middle-class security and comfort through hard work, determination, courage, and honesty. His writings were characterized by the "rags-to-riches" plot. Alger secured his literary niche in 1868 with the publication of his fourth book, Ragged Dick, the story of a poor bootblack's rise to middle-class respectability, which was a huge success.

He was born in the New England coastal town of Chelsea, Massachusetts, on January 13, 1832, to Horatio Alger, a Unitarian minister, and his wife Olive Augusta Fenno. He was the descendant of Plymouth Pilgrims Robert Cushman, Thomas Cushman, William Bassett, and the descendant of Sylvanus Lazell, a Minuteman and brigadier general in the War of 1812; and Edmund Lazell, a member of the Constitutional Convention in 1788.


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