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HISTORICAL MAGAZINE

Vol. 7, No. 1.

JANUARY 1924

Price 75 Cents

FRANCIS PARKMAN (1)

No other American historian has quite the same appeal to the people of Western Pennsylvania as has Francis Parkman. He was not only the first historian to give us the true narrative of the French and English struggle that occurred in the Upper Ohio Valley, but so well did he portray that great event that it has not yet been necessary for anyone else to attempt to re-write it. It therefore seems most appropriate that on this, the one hundredth anniversary of his birth, some attention be paid to our first true historian of Western Pennsylvania.

Francis Parkman was born September 16, 1823, in Boston. His father, Francis Parkman Sr., was the minister of the New North Church of that city, while his mother, Caroline Hall of Medford, was descended from the Reverend John Cotton. Her grandfather and her greatgrandfather had been ministers; and in spite of the tendency now-a-days to deprecate the Puritan divines who ruled with an iron hand, nevertheless it was an undeniable asset to any child to be descended from such a line of ancestors.

In a material way this youth was also fortunate. His paternal grand-father, Samuel Parkman, was a rich Boston merchant, and his mansion in Bowdoin Square was one of the show places of the city. And young Francis made his home there for some years before entering College.

(1). Read before the Social Science Club of the University of Pittsburgh at the December meeting, 1923.

THE WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA HISTORICAL MAGAZINE is published quarterly, in January, April, July and October, by the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, Bigelow Boulevard and Parkman Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pa. It is mailed free to all members of the Society. Members may obtain additional copies at 50 cents each; to others the charge is 75 cents. To public libraries, universities, colleges, historical and other similar societies the annual subscription rate is $2.00. The annual dues of the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania are $3.00, and should be sent to John E. Potter, Treasurer, Fourth Avenue and Grant Street, Pittsburgh, Pa.

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