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Greensboro in Guilford County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

O Henry's Family

 
 
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By Michael C. Wilcox, March 31, 2012
1. O Henry's Family Marker
Inscription. William Sydney Porter, 1862-1910, better known by his pen name O Henry, gained fame as a gifted short story writer. O Henry's parents, Dr. Algernon Sidney Porter and Mary Jane Virginia Swaim Porter, his grandparents, Sidney and Ruth Worth Porter, and three uncles, Oscar, Henry, and Charles have gravestones in the cemetery. O Henry's father, affectionately called Dr. Al, was a doctor, pharmacist, and an inventor. O Henry's mother, Mary, a talented writer, met an early death from tuberculosis. His grandfather, Sidney, was traveling through North Carolina as a clock salesperson when he met his bride, Ruth, a daughter of Dr. David and Eunice Worth. Ruth practiced medicine in addition to serving the community as a midwife. O Henry lost his mother, Mary, when he was only three, but he felt her influence the rest of his life. He feared tuberculosis and credited his mother, Mary and her father, William Swaim, a writer and editor of the Greensboro Patriot Newspaper, as the source of his writing Talent.
 
Location. 36° 4.53′ N, 79° 47.27′ W. Marker is in Greensboro, North Carolina, in Guilford County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of East Lindsay Street and Summit Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Located in the First Presbyterian
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By Michael C. Wilcox, March 31, 2012
2. O Henry's Family Marker
Cemetery, accessed via the Greensboro Historical Museum. Marker is in this post office area: Greensboro NC 27401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Francis McNairy House (within shouting distance of this marker); Richardson Civic Center (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Hospital (within shouting distance of this marker); Lindsay Street School (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Christian Isley House (about 300 feet away); Edward R. Murrow (about 300 feet away); Sit-Ins (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mount Hecla Mill (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greensboro.
 
Also see . . .  Greensboro Historical Museum. (Submitted on April 3, 2012, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.)
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, Music
 
O Henry's Family Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, March 31, 2012
3. O Henry's Family Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 2, 2012, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 569 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 2, 2012, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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