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Thomas Bulfinch, the Boston banker who wrote "Bulfinch's Mythology" in his spare time, dies at his home in Massachusetts.

Thomas Bulfinch, detail
05/27/1867

Thomas Bulfinch, whose publications on mythology, notably his Bulfinch's Mythology, sold thousands of copies and were for decades a Victorian staple in both schools and amongst the reading public, died on this day in Boston. The son of a famous architect, he had been educated at Harvard and became a clerk at the Merchant's Bank in Boston, Massachusetts.  Supporting himself with his salary, he published dozens of works on myth of many types, beginning in 1853 at age fifty-seven with a book on Hebrew myths.  He died, aged seventy, never having married and is buried in the Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  (By John Osborne)

Source Citation: 

"Obituaries," The American Annual Cyclopedia and Register of Important Events of the Year 1867 ... (New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1870), 563.

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