Profile of the Day: Nathaniel Hawthorne
On July 4, 1804, American novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne was born in Salem, Massachusetts. Throughout his lifetime, Nathaniel published several short stories and novels, including The House of Seven Gables and The Scarlet Letter.
His third great grandfather, William Hathorne, was the first of his ancestors to arrive in the New World in 1630. He became an important member of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, where he held many political positions including magistrate and judge, becoming infamous for his harsh sentencing. Nathaniel’s second great grandfather was John Hathorne, the only judge involved in the Salem Witch Trials who never repented his actions. Nathaniel later added a “w” to his name in order to distinguish himself from his notorious forebears.
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