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Owen Wister born in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Owen Wister, detail
07/14/1860
Owen Wister, prolific American writer and author of The Virginian, was born a wealthy physician's son in Germantown.  He attended Harvard, studied music in Paris, but returned to Philadelphia to work in a law office.  Travelling to the West for his health, he began a career of writing western stories that contributed strongly to the American myth of the cowboy.  He lived his later life in Philadelphia and died there in July 1938. (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Castle Freeman, Jr., "Owen Wister: Brief Life of a Western mythmaker 1860-1938," Harvard Magazine, July-August 2002

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