Samuel Griswold “Peter Parley” Goodrich

Samuel Griswold “Peter Parley” Goodrich

Birth
Ridgefield, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
Death 9 May 1860 (aged 66)
New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Southbury, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA
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Author and US Politician

Beter known by his pen name "Peter Parley," Samuel Griswold Goodrich was the author of children's histories and schoolbooks and publisher of magazines and almanacs.
Goodrich moved from his native Ridgefield, Connecticut to Hartford, and then to Boston in 1829. He there began publication of the literary magazine "The Token" with regular contributions by Nathaniel Hawthorne. These were Hawthorne's first-published works, and formed the basis for his later noted book "Twice-Told Tales."
One of the most prolific writers in American history, it is estimated that Goodrich authored some 170 books, many translated into other languages. At his death it was estimated that 8,000,000 copies of his books had been sold. One of these, "Peter Parley's Geography for Children" had reported sales of some 2,000,000.
Goodrich was a Massachusetts state representative in 1837 and from 1839 to 1839 was the State Senator from Roxbury, Massachusetts. Goodrich was later appointed Consul General at Paris by President Fillmore, a post he held until 1855. He died in New york City shortly after completing his last book, "History of the Animal Kingdom," dedicated to the noted Swiss paleontologist Louis Agassiz. He was also a veteran of the War of 1812, serving in the Connecticut state militia. He was also a direct descendant of Pilgrim leader William Brewster.



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  • Maintained by: Edward Dunscombe
  • Originally Created by: John Whalen
  • Added: 27 Jan 2005
  • Find a Grave Memorial 10386444
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Samuel Griswold “Peter Parley” Goodrich (19 Aug 1793–9 May 1860), Find a Grave Memorial no. 10386444, citing White Oak Cemetery, Southbury, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA ; Maintained by Edward Dunscombe (contributor 46927502) .