Category: Non-Fiction

Hearn, Lafcadio

Born: June 27, 1850 Died: September 26, 1904 Ohio connection: Former Resident Cincinnati Lafcadio Hearn, son of Charles Bush and Rosa Tessima Hearn, was born in 1850 in Leukas, Greece. He had a very unsettled childhood, with his parents divorcing when he was six, and his mother dying in a mental institution some time later. He was then …

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Register to meet YA author Kristina McBride on Sunday, December 3, 2017 in Springboro, Ohio

On Sunday, December 3, 2017 from 4:00 -7:00 p.m Mindy Hoffbauer, publicist for the bestselling novelist W. Bruce Cameron, will host a Lit Salon featuring Ohio Young Adult novelist Kristina McBride. To date, McBride has published  four novels, i.e. THE TENSION OF OPPOSITES (2010), ONE MOMENT (2012), A MILLION TIMES GOODNIGHT (2016), and THE BAKERSVILLE …

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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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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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Gould, Jean Rosalind

Born: May 25, 1919 Died: February 8, 1993 Ohio connection: Birth Greenville Jean Gould, a biographer to icons of American culture, was born on May 25, 1919, in Greenville, Ohio, and reared in a literary family that ran a small business publishing a weekly paper, entertainment guides, and theater programs. Her mother, Elsie Gould, wrote …

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