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Thomas Parker Sanborn
Birth: Feb. 23, 1865
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Mar. 3, 1889
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA

Thomas Parker Sanborn was an American poet. He was born to Franklin Benjamin Sanborn and Louisa Sanborn, née Leavitt, on February 24, 1865 in Concord, Massachusetts, in The Old Manse. Most of his early years were spent in Concord, although he also attended school in Springfield, Massachusetts; during the winter of 1880-1881, he was briefly a student at Phillips Exeter Academy.

Thomas attended Harvard University, where he was one of the founders of the Harvard Monthly, as well as serving as an editor of the Harvard Advocate and as president of the Harvard Lampoon. Tom was selected to write the class ode in his senior year. He was a close friend of philosopher and fellow poet George Santayana, with whom he graduated in the class of 1886.

After graduation, Tom Sanborn resided in Springfield, where he worked on the staff of the Springfield Republican, becoming the paper's "literary and dramatic sub-editor." Deepening depression, however, forced him to leave this post. Returning to his parental home in Concord, Thomas continued to slide into deeper depression and began to experience hallucinations. He died by his own hand on March 2, 1889, at the age of twenty-four. After a private service in the family's home, attended by members of the Emerson, Leavitt and Hoar families and some college friends,Thomas Sanborn was buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. His brother Victor Channing Sanborn documents that the stone marking Tom's grave was carved of Pentelic marble in Athens, "with emblems of aspiration and genius, recall[ing]his memory with a line of Greek verse copied from an antique tomb in Thebes." 
Family links: 
  Franklin Benjamin Sanborn (1831 - 1917)
  Louisa Leavitt Sanborn (1833 - 1918)
  Thomas Parker Sanborn (1865 - 1889)
  Victor Channing Sanborn (1867 - 1921)*
  Francis Bachiler Sanborn (1871 - 1954)*
*Calculated relationship
Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
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Thinking of you on your 149th birthday, Sweet Poet. Wishing you'd had more birthdays while you were alive...
- your fan
 Added: Feb. 24, 2014
Thinking of you this Memorial Day... still dredging-up your poetry... you are now known to a few who are Among the Living.
- Your Number One Fan
 Added: May. 27, 2013

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