Born on the Fourth of July: Happy Birthday, USA — And Hawthorne, Too

Nathaniel Hawthorne, of the Class of 1825.

Nathaniel Hawthorne, of the Class of 1825.


Born on the fourth of July in 1804, Nathaniel Hawthorne, a member of the Class of 1825, would go on to become one of America’s most illustrious novelists and short story writers, publishing many classics, including The Scarlet Letter and The House of Seven Gables.

On this Independence Day, it would also be apropos to point out that among Hawthorne’s published works is a biography of his friend — and fellow Bowdoin alumnus (Class of 1824) — Franklin Pierce, 14th President of the United States.





  1. The best of warmest greetings from your loyal Northern Neighbour
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA !–Have a good one

    We’ll be enjoying your Fireworks

    Mike Coster ’57

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