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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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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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