Margaret Worth Sartin

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Margaret Worth Sartin (Porter)

Birthplace: Austin, Travis, Texas, United States
Death: May 09, 1927 (37)
Riverside, Riverside County, California, United States (Tuberculosis )
Place of Burial: Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of O. Henry and Athol Porter
Wife of Alec J. “Guy” Sartin
Ex-wife of Oscar Edward Cesare
Sister of Infant Porter

Occupation: Musician
Managed by: Erica Howton
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About Margaret Worth Sartin

Margaret Worth Porter was O. Henry's only child. She was born on 9/30/1889, in Austin, Texas.


She was only seven when her mother died of tuberculosis. Less than a year later, her father was sent to jail and she was taken care of by her maternal grandparents. She was told he was travelling for business. She only found out he had been in jail after his death. They eventually moved from Austin, TX to Pittsburgh, PA.

During the three years he was in jail, O. Henry wrote to his daughter frequently, and she wrote back to him. Some of their letters can be found online:

Margaret was nearly twelve when her father was released from jail and came back to live with them in Pittsburgh, PA, on July 24, 1901.

Less than a year later, O. Henry was offered a contract to write one story per week for the New York World and he moved to NYC.

O. Henry resented the fact that he never had a chance to attend college. He made sure he gave the opportunity to his daughter, by regularly sending money to pay for her college.

Margaret had a short writing career, from 1913 to 1916.

In July, 1916, she married the famous NYC cartoonist, Oscar Cesare. They divorced four years later, and she eventually moved to California and married A. J. Sartin in 1927. She died of tuberculosis three days after her wedding.


She was cared for by Alec J Sartin and eventually married him on her death bed. She died three days after the marriage. In her will, she left all she had to her husband, A J Sartin, which included royalties from the works of her father.


A funeral was held in New York City. He [O. Henry] now lies buried at the Riverside Cemetery in Asheville, North Carolina. His daughter was later buried beside him.


(Some biographies state that Margaret studied at Princeton University, but the University archives have no record of her attendance. In fact, Princeton was all male at the time.)

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Margaret Worth Sartin's Timeline

September 30, 1889
Austin, Travis, Texas, United States
May 9, 1927
Age 37
Riverside, Riverside County, California, United States
Riverside Cemetery, Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States