For the most current information about Nathaniel Hawthorne’s life and works, see the Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nathaniel_Hawthorne.
Nathaniel was born 4 July 1804, in Salem, Massachusetts, one of the three children of a sea captain, Nathaniel Hathorne, and his wife Elizabeth Manning. His ancestors were Puritans. One of his ancestors, John Hathorne, was one of the judges of the 1692 Salem witch trials. 
Nathaniel Hawthorne attended Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine (1821-1824). 
Hawthorne wrote short stories, including "The Custom House", and the novels "The House of Seven Gables", "The Blithedale Romance", "The Marble Faun" and the one that made him famous "The Scarlet Letter". Hawthorne became one of the leading writers of his time. Herman Melville, another author, dedicated "Moby Dick" to Hawthorne.
Hawthorne died 19 May 1864 in Plymouth, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States. He is buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. 
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