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October 27, 2016

Literary Landmarks: Hawthorne's House of the Seven Gables

TheMount The House of the Seven Gables was built by a Salem sea captain and merchant named John Turner in 1668 and occupied by three generations of the Turner family before being sold to Captain Samuel Ingersoll in 1782. An active captain during the Great Age of Sail, Ingersoll died at sea leaving the property to his daughter Susanna, a cousin of famed author Nathaniel Hawthorne. Hawthorne's visits to his cousin's home are credited with inspiring the setting and title of his 1851 novel The House of the Seven Gables. Nathaniel Hawthorne's Birthplace is now on the same grounds.

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  • Independence Day (from USSR in 1991) in Turkmenistan
  • United States and Spain sign Treaty of Madrid, which establishes boundaries between Spanish colonies and the U.S., 1795
  • New York City opens its first subway line of nine miles, now largest system in U.S. with 842 miles of track, 1904
  • Halldor Laxness of Iceland is named Nobel Literature winner, 1955
  • Ralph Nader heads up U.S. consumer organization known as Nader's Raiders, 1969
  • Rex Stout, author of 46 Nero Wolfe mysteries, gourmet food lover, orchid grower, radical activist, dies in Danbury, Connecticut, 1975
  • Major League Baseball's Boston Red Sox defeat St. Louis Cardinals 3-0 in Game 4 of World Series to become champions for first time since 1918, ending the "curse of the Bambino," 2004
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  • Desiderius Erasmus (1469-1536), Dutch priest and humanist
  • Captain James Cook (1728-1779), English explorer, navigator, cartographer
  • Mary Moser (1744-1819), English painter
  • Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840), Italian violinist and composer
  • Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. (1858-1919), 26th President of U.S., recipient of Nobel Peace Prize
  • Emily Price Post (1873-1960), American writer and socialite, expert on Etiquette
  • Dylan Marlais Thomas (1914-1953), Welsh poet and prose writer
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