Category: Literature

Havighurst, Walter

Born: November 28, 1901 Died: February 3, 1984 Ohio connection: Former Resident Oxford Walter Havighurst, son of Freeman Alfred and Winifred (Weter) Havighurst, was born in 1901 in Appleton, Wisconsin. He received a B.A. from the University of Denver in 1924, and an M.A. from Columbia University in 1928. He married a writer, Marion Boyd, in 1930. After …

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Hammond, Percy

Born: March 7, 1873 Died: April 25, 1936 Ohio connection: Birth Cadiz Although his father was Cadiz, Ohio’s leading merchant, thirteen-year old Percy Hammond felt irrepressibly drawn towards newspaper journalism, and worked as a “printer’s devil” for his uncle’s newspaper, the Cadiz Republican. In the audience in a dramatic production at the county fair, Hammond had …

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Hamilton, Virginia

Born: March 12, 1936 Died: February 19, 2002 Ohio connection: Birth Yellow Springs “If you can dream it, then you can have it.” A powerful axiom, it encapsulates the accomplishments and triumphs of its speaker, Virginia Hamilton. Descendant of a maternal grandfather who escaped from slavery in Virginia to settle in Yellow Springs, Ohio, Hamilton …

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Halstead, Murat

Born: September 2, 1829 Died: July 2, 1908 Ohio connection: Birth Paddy’s Run Murat Halstead, son of Griffin and Clarissa (Willetts) Halstead, was born in 1829 in Butler County, Ohio. He was raised on a family farm, but his heart was more in academic endeavors than in farming. He spent many hours at the local public library, …

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Grey, Zane

Born: January 31, 1872 Died: October 28, 1939 Ohio connection: Birth Zanesville Zane Grey, one of the founding fathers of the western genre, was born on January 31, 1872, to Lewis Gray, a traveling preacher and dentist, and his wife Alice. Zane, christened Pearl Zane Gray, grew up in the town of Zanesville, Ohio. The small …

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Green, Hannah

Born: October 7, 1927 Died: October 16, 1996 Ohio connection: Birth Cincinnati Hannah Green was born in Cincinnati circa 1927.  Her father, Matthew Addy, was a foreign patent and trademark agent, like the fictional character in The Dead of the House, and her mother, Mary McAlpin Allen, was a homemaker. Green attended Wellesley College, studying with Wallace …

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Grant, Ulysses Simpson

Born: April 27, 1822 Died: July 23, 1885 Ohio connection: Birth Point Pleasant In a one-story, three-room Point Pleasant cottage in Clermont County, Ohio, Ulysses Simpson Grant was born on April 27, 1822, the son of Jesse and Hannah Simpson Grant. The following year, the family relocated further down the Ohio River to Georgetown, Brown …

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