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Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (1896 - 1940)

Francis Scott Key (F Scott) Fitzgerald
Born in St. Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota, United Statesmap
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Husband of — married 1920 [location unknown]
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Died in Hollywood, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United Statesmap
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The Fitzgeralds are not a poignant Jazz Age footnote, but an enduring legend of the West.[1]

Scott was born on 24 Sep 1896 in Saint Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota, the son of Edward Fitzgerald and Mary McQuillan. [2] He was named after his famous second cousin three times removed, Francis Scott Key, (who authored the United States’s national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner).

Scott married American novelist Zelda Sayre in 1920 after the publication of his first novel, This Side of Paradise. Together, they had one daughter, Frances Scott Scottie Fitzgerald. She followed in the footsteps of her parents and became a writer and journalist. [3]

Along with writers Ernest Hemingway and T S Eliot, he was considered a member of the Lost Generation, the 1920s expatriate community in post-war Paris. [4] In 1925, Fitzgerald published his most famous novel, The Great Gatsby, which is still widely read today.

Scott and Zelda's health deteriorated shortly after the 1925 publication of The Great Gatsby. Zelda was later institutionalized in a mental hospital.[5] Their marriage did not survive. Scott recovered enough to work at screenwriting, but he was unsuccessful.

In 1937, he met and fell in love with Sheilah Graham, a famous Hollywood gossip columnist. [6]

By the 1940 census year, we find him as a 43 year old married head of household, but with no other household members present (and prior residence, Ashville, Buncombe County, North Carolina), living in Los Angeles, California.[7]

F Scott Fitzgerald died on 21 Dec 1940 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California of a heart attack at age 44 in the middle of his last novel, The Last Tycoon. [8][9] His memorial is in Old Saint Mary's Catholic Church Cemetery, Rockville, Maryland.[10]

His wife, Zelda Sayre died less than 10 years later in a fire at the mental hospital in Asheville where she had been institutionalized.[11]


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  1. Gopnik, Adam. The New Yorker: A Critic at Large: As Big as the Ritz: The Mythology of the Fitzgeralds: A Century after their meeting, Scott and Zelda continue to inspire fascination - and new books. 15 Sep 2014. Accessed 29 Apr 2019.
  2. "Minnesota Births and Christenings, 1840-1980," database, FamilySearch: 4 Dec 2014, Edward Fitzgerald in entry for Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald, 24 Sep 1896; citing Saint Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota, reference FHL microfilm 1,309,128.
  3. "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014," database with images, FamilySearch: accessed 5 Sep 2018, F Scott Fitzgerald in entry for Scottie Fitzgerald Smith, California, United States, 18 Jun 1986; from "Recent Newspaper Obituaries (1977 - Today)," database, GenealogyBank.com: 2014; citing born-digital text.
  4. "United States Passport Applications, 1795-1925," database with images, FamilySearch: 16 Mar 2018, Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald, 1921; citing Passport Application, New York, United States, source certificate #20583, Passport Applications, 2 Jan 1906 - 31 Mar 1925, 1570, NARA microfilm publications M1490 and M1372 (Washington DC: National Archives and Records Administration).
  5. mnopedia F Scott Fitzgerald
  6. Britannica Biography: F Scott Fitzgerald
  7. "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch: accessed 5 Sep 2018, F Scott Fitzgerald, Councilmanic District 1, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Township, Los Angeles, California, United States; citing enumeration district 60-58, sheet 10A, line 16, family 269, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 376.
  8. "California Death Index, 1940-1997," database, FamilySearch: 26 Nov 2014, F Scott Fitzgerald, 21 Dec 1940; Department of Public Health Services, Sacramento.
  9. "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014," database with images, FamilySearch: accessed 5 Sep 2018, F Scott Fitzgerald, California, United States, 21 Dec 1990; from "Recent Newspaper Obituaries (1977 - Today)," database, GenealogyBank.com: 2014; citing San Francisco Chronicle, born-digital text.
  10. Find A Grave: Memorial #344.
  11. "North Carolina Deaths, 1931-1994," database, FamilySearch: 2 Jul 2015, Francis Scott Fitzgerald in entry for Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, 10 Mar 1948; citing Asheville, Buncombe, North Carolina, v 4B cn 4670, State Department of Archives and History, Raleigh; FHL microfilm 1,926,630.

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