Author: Mikey Haverman

Turkle, Brinton

Alliance Born: August 15, 1915 Ohio connection: Birth Brinton Cassaday Turkle was born on August 15, 1915, in Alliance, Ohio where a family friend, Gertrude Alice Kay, a children’s author and illustrator, encouraged his creative interests. Turkle showed an early inclination toward the theater, and entered the drama department at the Carnegie Institute of Technology (1933-36). Deciding …

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Tully, Jim

St. Mary’s Born: June 3, 1886 Ohio connection: Birth Jim Tully was a vagabond, pugilist, and American writer. His critical and commercial success in the 1920s and 30s may qualify him as the greatest long shot in American literature. Born near St. Marys, Ohio to James Dennis and Bridget Marie Lawler Tully, an Irish immigrant ditch-digger and …

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Tourgee, Albion Winegar

Williamsfield Born: May 2, 1838 Ohio connection: Birth Albion Winegar Tourgee, son of Valentine and Louisa (Winegar) Tourgee, was born in 1838 in Williamsfield, Ohio. He spent his early years on a farm, where he developed the Republican values of Western Reserve reformism. After high school, Tourgee attended the University of Rochester for two years, after which …

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Torrence, Frederic Ridgely

Xenia Born: November 27, 1874 Ohio connection: Birth Frederick Ridgely Torrence, son of Findley David and Mary (Ridgely) Torrence, was born in 1874 in Xenia, Ohio. He attended Miami University of Ohio, 1893-95, and Princeton University, 1895-96. He worked as a librarian at the Astor Library and the Lenox Library, both in New York City, 1897-1903. He …

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Tolan, Stephanie S.

Canton Born: October 25, 1942 Ohio connection: Birth Reading late at night with a flashlight under the covers, Stephanie Tolan discovered early on the magic of the written word. Born in Canton, Ohio, on October 25, 1942, and raised in Wisconsin, Tolan wrote her first story in fourth grade. Although she had received rejection slips by the …

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Thurber, James Grover

Columbus Born: December 8, 1894 Ohio connection: Birth James Grover Thurber was born in Columbus, Ohio, the son of Charles Leander Thurber and Mary Agnes Fisher.  Thurber’s early career was at The New Yorker where he started in 1927 and remained a prominent contributor for many years. With sardonic humor he examined the follies of men and women, revealing …

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Thompson, Daniel

Cleveland Born: April 21, 1935 Ohio connection: Resident Daniel Thompson was born April 21, 1935, in Washington, D.C. The Thompson family moved to the west side of Cleveland, Ohio, shortly after Daniel’s birth. He spent much of his boyhood in Cleveland, but attended high school in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and spent a short time at a seminary …

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Thomas, Lowell

Woodington Born: April 6, 1892 Ohio connection: Birth Lowell Thomas, son of Harry George and Harriet (Wagner) Thomas, was born in 1892 in Woodington, Ohio. He received a B.S. from the University of Northern Indiana in 1911, an M.A. from the University of Denver in 1912, and an M.A. from Princeton University in 1916. He married Frances …

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Taylor, Mildred D.

Toledo Born: September 13, 1943 Ohio connection: Former Resident Mildred Delois Taylor was born in 1943 in Jackson, Mississippi, to Wilbert Lee and Deletha M. Taylor. Although born in the South, her family moved to the North, settled in Toledo, Ohio, three weeks after she was born. The Taylors’ migration to the North was because her father …

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Taylor, Debbie A.

Columbus Born: September 9, 1955 Ohio connection: Birth Debbie Taylor was born in Columbus, Ohio. She grew up in a large family and was educated in Columbus Public Schools. She graduated from Ohio Dominican College with a two-year degree, earned a B.A. from Case Western Reserve University and eventually received her M.A from Cleveland State University. Her …

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