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This is the grave of Mary Cecil Allen. Born in Melbourne in 1893 (definitely the first Aussie in the series!), Allen grew up wealthy. Her father was the Dean of Medicine at the University of Melbourne. Going by Cecil and not Mary, she decided to go to art school at the National Gallery of Victoria […]
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This is the grave of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Born in 1807 in Portland, Maine, Longfellow grew up in a well-off family. His father was a lawyer and his grandfather a Revolutionary War general and congressman. He was an obsessive reader as a child, which was encouraged by his parents. He also learned Latin easily. He […]
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This is the grave of Robert Cornelius. Born in Philadelphia in 1809, Cornelius grew up reasonably well off. His father was Dutch immigrant silversmith who opened a lamp manufacturing company. Cornelius went to real nice schools and developed a strong interest in chemistry. He also worked for his father, particularly on the silver side of […]
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This is the grave of Benjamin Franklin. I don’t think it’s really necessary to write an entire biography of Franklin here. His life is so well-known, more so than perhaps any of the Founders, with the possible exception of Jefferson. Even Washington is less known, if only because Washington was less knowable. So just a […]
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