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James Parton

Born: 9-Feb-1822
Birthplace: Canterbury, England
Died: 17-Oct-1891
Location of death: Newburyport, MA
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Author

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: American biographer

American biographer, was born in Canterbury, England, on the 9th of February 1822. He was taken to the United States when he was five years old, studied in New York City and White Plains, New York, and was a schoolmaster in Philadelphia and then in New York. He removed (1875) to Newburyport, Massachusetts, where he died on the 17th of October 1891. Parton was the most popular biographer of his day in America. His most important books are lives of Horace Greeley, Aaron Burr, Andrew Jackson, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and Voltaire. He authored a number of other historical works as well. His first wife, Sara Payson Willis Parton, sister of N. P. Willis, and widow of Charles H. Eldredge (who died in 1846), attained considerable popularity as a writer under the pen-name Fanny Fern. They were married in 1856. In 1876 Parton controversially married Ethel Eldredge, his first wife's daughter by her first husband.

Wife: Sara Payson Willis Parton (author, b. 1811, m. 1856, d. 1872)
Wife: Ellen Willis Eldredge (his wife's daughter, and his adopted daughter, m. 1876)

Author of books:
Life of Horace Greeley (1855, biography)
Life and Times of Aaron Burr (1857, biography)
Life of Andrew Jackson (1859-60, biography, 3 vols.)
General Butler in New Orleans (1863, history)
Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin (1864, biography, 2 vols.)
Famous Americans of Recent Times (1867)
The Peoples Book of Biography (1868)
Triumphs of Enterprise, Ingenuity, and Public Spirit (1871)
Life of Thomas Jefferson (1874, biography)
Le Parnasse Franšais (1877)
Life of Voltaire (1881, biography, 2 vols.)
Noted Women of Europe and America (1883)
Captains of Industry (1884-91, juvenile, 2 series)
Some Noted Princes, Authors, and Statesmen of Our Time (1885)


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