J. D. Salinger

Jerome David Salinger (1919 - 2010)

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Jerome David (J. D.) Salinger
Born in New York, New York, United Statesmap
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Husband of [private wife (1930s - unknown)]
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Died in Cornish, New Hampshire, United Statesmap
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Author most famously known for his book, "The Catcher in the Rye".

Jerome David Salinger was born on January 1, 1919. He was the son of Sol Salinger and Miriam (Jillich) Salinger.[1]

He married Sylvia Welter (apparently a German) around the end of WW II while he was deployed with the US Army. In April 1946, he brought her home with him at the end of the war. But the marriage lasted 8 months, at which point they divorced and Sylvia returned to Germany.

He married Claire Douglas in February 1955. Margaret Salinger was born on December 10, 1955. Matthew Salinger was born on February 13, 1960. They separated in September 1966 and divorced on October 3, 1967.

He married Colleen O'Neill around 1988 and remained with her until his death.

He passed away January 27, 2010.[2]


  1. "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KQTF-56X : accessed 8 December 2016), Jerome D Salinger in household of Sol Salinger, Assembly District 15, Manhattan, New York City, New York, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 31-1335, sheet 816B, line 62, family 174, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 2655.
  2. "United States Social Security Death Index," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JGTM-3JC : 20 May 2014), Jerome David Salinger, 27 Jan 2010; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).
  • "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QK4K-9CR1 : 22 July 2016), Margaret Salinger in entry for J D Salinger, Washington, United States, 28 Jan 2010; from "Recent Newspaper Obituaries (1977 - Today)," database, GenealogyBank.com (http://www.genealogybank.com : 2014); citing Seattle Post-Intelligencer, born-digital text.(citing relatives)

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