Edward Bellamy (1850 - 1898) MP

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Birthplace: Chicopee, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States
Death: Died in Chicopee, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States
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About Edward Bellamy

Edward Bellamy (March 26, 1850 – May 22, 1898) was an American author and socialist, most famous for his utopian novel, Looking Backward, a Rip Van Winkle-like tale set in the distant future of the year 2000. Bellamy's vision of a harmonious future world inspired the formation of over 160 "Nationalist Clubs" dedicated to the propagation of Bellamy's political ideas and working to make them a practical reality.

Edward Bellamy was born in Chicopee, Massachusetts. His father was Rufus King Bellamy (1816–1886), a Baptist minister and a descendant of Joseph Bellamy. His mother, Maria Louisa Putnam Bellamy, was herself the daughter of a Baptist minister named Benjamin Putnam, a man forced to withdraw from the ministry in Salem, Massachusetts, following objections to his becoming a Freemason.

Bellamy married Emma Augusta Sanderson in 1882. The couple had two children.

Edward Bellamy died of tuberculosis in Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts. He was 48 years old at the time of his death.

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Author. Edward Bellamy worked briefly in the newspaper industry in New York City, New York and in Springfield, Massachusetts. He left journalism to devote himself completely to literature, writing both short stories and novels. His books include "Dr. Heidenhoff's Process" (1880), "Miss Ludington's Sister" (1884), "The Duke of Stockbridge" (1900), and the novels "Looking Backward: 2000—1887" (1888), and its sequel, "Equality" (1897). By far, his most popular was considered the prophetic "Looking Backwards: 2000-1887", a fiction based on Utopian principles. By 1900, the only book that had sold more copies was "Uncle Tom's Cabin". His writings spawned a movement called Bellamy Nationalist Clubs in 1888 and a political movement that came to be known as Nationalism. The movement attracted such notable authors as William Dean Howells and Edward Everett Hale. Although Bellamy traveled far and wide, he never moved from the home in Chicopee Falls in which he was born. He died there of tuberculosis at the age of 48 leaving a wife and two children. The home has been designated a National Historic Landmark in 1971 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (bio by: Dave Robison)

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1850
March 26, 1850
Chicopee, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States
1884
1884
Age 33
1886
1886
Age 35
1898
May 22, 1898
Age 48
Chicopee, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States
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Chicopee, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States