Nathaniel Hawthorne
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Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804 - 1864)

Nathaniel Hawthorne
Born in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United Statesmap
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Husband of — married 9 Jul 1842 in Boston, Massachusettsmap
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Died in Plymouth, Grafton, New Hampshire, United Statesmap
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American novelist, dark romantic, and short story writer. He is most famous for writing the Scarlet Letter.

Nathaniel was born in July 4 1804, in Salem, Massachusetts. He was the son of a sea captain, Nathaniel Hathorne and his wife Elizabeth Manning and was one of the three childrens that Nathaniel and Elizabeth had. His ancestors were Puritans. One of his ancestors, John Hathorne, was one of the judges of the 1692 Salem witch trials. He had a calm yet isolated childhood.

Nathaniel Hawthorne attended to Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine (1821-1824). Nathaniel wasn't interested in other traditional professions so he went to writing his own short stories and published them in magazines. Even when he graduated, he continued to write his short stories.

Later in his life, he married a painter named Sophia Peabody July 8, 1842 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States.[1][2] Together they had three children, the first Una,[3] then Rose and last Julian Hawthorne who sooner became an author. A little later in their marriage they moved to Concord, Mass.

In his career, he have wrote short stories like, "The Custom House", also novels like, "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 was in the Transcendentalist movement, but got in trouble during the years in the Civil War, years before he died.

Hawthorne died May 19, 1864 in Plymouth, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States. He is buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States[4]


  1. Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Sophia Amelia Peabody, 09 Jul 1842; citing Marriage, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States, , town clerk offices, Massachusetts.
  2. Massachusetts Marriages, 1695-1910, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Sophia Amelia Peabody, 9 Jul 1842; Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States.
  3. Massachusetts Births, 1841-1915, Nat. Hawthorne in entry for Una. Hawthorne, 08 Mar 1843, Concord, Massachusetts; citing reference ID #36, Massachusetts Archives, Boston
  4. Find A Grave, memorial page for Nathaniel Hawthorne (4 Jul 1804–19 May 1864), Find a Grave Memorial no. 459, citing Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA.

"United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 4 April 2020), Nathaniel Hawthorn, Stockbridge, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States; citing family 128

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