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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

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.