How Did Nathaniel Hawthorne Die – (1804 – 1864)

Date of Birth July 4, 1804
Date Of Death May 19, 1864
Age 59 Years
Death Cause  Died While Sleeping

Nathaniel Hawthorne was a famous American author who was born on July 4, 1804, in Salem, Massachusetts. On May 19, 1864, when he was 59 years old, he died while sleeping in Plymouth, New Hampshire. 

He is a true legend in the list of American literacy and became a prominent name. Can you believe that! he tried to destroy his first novel but destiny had his own plans to make him the best writer of the era. Parking through his educational years, he went to Bowdoin College to get an education and later married Sophia Peabody in 1842. They had three kids together including Una, Julian, and Mary. His life took him from Salem to Plymouth, where he changed American literary culture forever. Hawthorne’s legacy as a writer continues to captivate readers all over the world, making sure that his literary efforts will always be remembered.

Nathaniel Hawthorne and William D. Ticknor went on a trip to Washington, D.C., just as the American Civil War was about to start. During this trip, he had the rare chance to talk to important people, like President Abraham Lincoln. In 1862, he wrote an article called “Chiefly About War Matters,” in which he talked about how these experiences had changed him.

Words – so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them! (Nathaniel Hawthorne).

  • His Last Chapter Of Life and Peaceful Death 

But Hawthorne’s health got worse in his later years, which made it hard for him to finish a few more of his favourite romance books. He was suffering from stomach pain, but still insisted on going on a trip for a better break with his friend named Franklin Pierce. At that time his neighbour Bronson Alcott was worried about how sick Hawthorne was and he also asked him to take care for the sake of his health, but the trip still happened.

Nathaniel Hawthorne died in his sleep in Plymouth, New Hampshire, on May 19, 1864, while he was on a trip to the White Mountains. Franklin Pierce sent a message to Elizabeth Peabody right away, asking her to tell Mrs. Hawthorne the sad news in person. Mrs. Hawthorne was so sad that she couldn’t make the funeral arrangements on her own.  The next day, Julian Hawthorne, who was a freshman at Harvard College at the time, heard that his father had died. Julian was also initiated into the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity on the same day, which was both a happy and sad day.

Also, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote a poem called “The Bells of Lynn,” which was released in 1866, to honour his friend and fellow writer. Hawthorne’s grave is now called “Authors’ Ridge” and is in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, Massachusetts. Longfellow, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Bronson Alcott, Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., James T. Fields, and Edwin Percy Whipple were some of the most important people of the time who carried the coffin.

Every individual has a place to fill in the world and is important in some respect whether he chooses to be so or not! (Nathaniel Hawthorne).

Later, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s wife Sophia and daughter Una, who were originally buried in England, were moved to plots next to him in June 2006. This brought the family back together in their final resting place. Moreover, the work of Emerson thinking about the sad event, made a comment about the tragedy of Hawthorne’s loneliness, which he thought had become unbearable and led to his death. Hawthorne’s legacy lives on in this peaceful place, which shows how much of an impact he had on American writing.

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