Prescott, William Hickling, 1796-1859

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Dates:
Birth 1796-05-04
Death 1859-01-28
Americans
English

Biographical notes:

William Hickling Prescott, born in Salem, Massachusetts to a prominent family, wrote romantic and highly-regarded works of Spanish and Latin American history.

From the guide to the Letters to Richard Bentley, 1837-1858., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

American historian and Hispanist.

From the description of History of the reign of Ferdinand and Isabella the Catholic : carbon copy of notes with autograph corrections : [Boston?], undated. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79219385

William Hickling Prescott, born in Salem, Massachusetts, to a prominent family, wrote romantic and highly regarded works of Spanish and Latin American history.

From the description of Letters to Richard Bentley, 1837-1858. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 83716021

Historian.

From the description of Letter : Boston, to Gulian C. Verplanck, Fishkill, N.Y., 1818 Dec. 3. (Boston Athenaeum). WorldCat record id: 40469241

From the description of Letter of William Hickling Prescott, undated. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71131312

American historian.

From the description of Papers of William Hickling Prescott [manuscript], 1836-1858. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647833980

From the description of William Hickling Prescott letters, 1850-1858. (University of California, Berkeley). WorldCat record id: 215225284

From the description of Autograph letters signed (2) : Boston, to William Makepeace Thackeray, 1857 Nov. 30. and [n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270851651

From the description of Letter, 1857 June 8, Boston. (Boston Athenaeum). WorldCat record id: 14402629

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Boston, to "My dear Lord Duke," 1851 Nov. 3. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 603559095

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Boston, to Charles Dickens, 1842 Dec. 15. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270618949

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [Boston], to Elizabeth [Wormeley], [1846] June. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270618952

From the description of William H. Prescott letter to Ticknor & Co. [manuscript], no date. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 781302079

William Hickling Prescott was a noted American scholar and gentleman historian. Born in an aristocratic Boston family, Prescott graduated from Harvard and may have become a lawyer but for a strange accident that deprived him of sight in his left eye. Health concerns prompted him to lead a remarkably regular life in pursuit of literature. A colleague sparked interest in Spain, and Prescott is acknowledged as the first American historian to treat Spain and Latin America seriously.

From the description of William Hickling Prescott letters, 1855-1857. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 55998301

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Subjects:

  • Historians
  • Authors, American--19th century--Diaries
  • Authors and publishers
  • Historians--19th century--Correspondence
  • Authors, American--19th century
  • Presidents--Election--1852
  • Historians--Diaries
  • Physicians
  • Publishers and Publishing
  • History publishing
  • Families--History
  • History--Research
  • Anti--Catholicism--History--19th century
  • Judges

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  • Historians
  • Authors

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  • London (England) (as recorded)
  • Massachusetts--Boston (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • Boston (Mass.) (as recorded)
  • Spain (as recorded)
  • England (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • Europe (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)