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William Hickling Prescott (1796 - 1859)

William Hickling Prescott
Born in Salem, Essex, Massachusettsmap
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Husband of — married 4 May 1820 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusettsmap
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Died in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusettsmap
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William Hickling Prescott (1796-1859)

Biography

William Hickling Prescott was born 4 May 1796 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts.[1] He died 28 January 1859 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts.[2] He graduated from Harvard College in 1814. He was the author of four monumental books “The life of C. B. Brown,” 1834, “History of Ferdinand and Isabella” 1838, “The Conquest of Mexico” 1843, “The Conquest of Peru” 1847.[3]

While at Harvard an accident deprived him of the use of one eye and the other was so injured he could make but partial use of it. And yet his courage and undaunted resolution enabled him to vanquish his difficulties and establish for himself the a brilliant reputation as one of the most brilliant historical writers.

On Mr. Prescott's 24th birthday, being the 4th of May 1820 he was married to Miss Susan Amory the daughter of Thomas C. Amory, Esquire a successful merchant of Boston who had died in 1812 and of Hannah R. Linzee. Susan had been born 1802. And she died 18 October 1869 in Massachusetts.[4]

He spent six months with his grandfather Thomas Hickling, from 1815-1816. In 1850, William Hickling Prescott was living as head of household in Boston, ward 6, Suffolk, Massachusetts aged 53. Living with him was his wife Susan Prescott aged 47; his son William Gardiner Prescott aged 24; Wm W Prescott (probably his son William Amory Prescott) aged 21; his daughter Elizabeth Prescott aged 22; his mother Catherine S. Hickling (probably miss transcribed) aged 83 and four servants.[5]

Prescott, Arizona it is name after William Hickling Prescott

Prescott was founded in 1864 as the Territorial Capital of Arizona. Though three of the names originally proposed for Prescott were “Audubon”, “Goodwin City” and “Aztlan”, the name “Prescott” was chosen in honor of William Hickling Prescott, author of The History of the Conquest of Mexico. The Arizona Miner reported that the name was accepted because Prescott was “a good citizen, a true patriot, with industry, perseverance under difficulty, amiability of character and love of country.”

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  1. Vital Records of Salem, Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849, p. 194. https://archive.org/stream/vitalrecordsofsa00sale#page/194/mode/2up alsoThe Prescott memorial, or, A genealogical memoir of the Prescott families in America, in two parts by Prescott, William, 1788-1875 Published 1870, Publisher Boston, H. W. Dutton & Son pp.154,
  2. The Prescott memorial, or, A genealogical memoir of the Prescott families in America, in two parts by Prescott, William, 1788-1875 Published 1870, Publisher Boston, H. W. Dutton & Son, p. 108.
  3. The Prescott memorial, or, A genealogical memoir of the Prescott families in America, in two parts by Prescott, William, 1788-1875 Published 1870, Publisher Boston, H. W. Dutton & Son, pp. 106-108.
  4. Susan Amory Prescott; Massachusetts Deaths and Burials; Name: Susan Amory Prescott; Gender: Female; Death Date: 18 Oct 1869; Age: 67; Birth Date: 1802; Marital Status: Married; Spouse's Name: William H. Prescott; Father's Name: Thomas C. Amory; Mother's Name: Hannah R.; "Massachusetts Deaths and Burials, 1795-1910," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FHW9-K5H : accessed 24 April 2016), Susan Amory Prescott, 18 Oct 1869; citing , reference 4509; FHL microfilm 593,728.
  5. Name: Wm H Prescott; Age: 53; Birth Year: about 1797; Birthplace: Massachusetts; Home in 1850: Boston Ward 6, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA; Gender: Male; Family Number: 18; Household Members: Wm H Prescott: 53; Susan Prescott: 47; Wm G Prescott 24; Wm W Prescott 21; Elizabeth Prescott: 22; Catherine S Prescott; 83; Margaret Hosmer :50; Jerome Blanchard: 28; Delia Spear: 25; Mary Smith: 22. Ancestry.com.
  • Bridgeport Standard (Bridgeport, CT, Monday, Jan 31, 1859) Page: 2
  • "Obituary. The death of Wm. H. Prescott, the well known Historian - is announced. He died in Boston late on Friday afternoon, having been suddenly seized with paralysis. He was apparently in his usual health up to the time of the seizure. He was at the age of 62. Mr. P.ranks among the most accomplished historians of the age. Perhaps no American has don more to advance the literary reputation of the country. All his historical works have been re-printed in England, and throughout Europe they are regarded as standard publications. His life of Philip 2d, we believe, is left unfinished."


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