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The Writer Who Joined


Stephen CraneStephen Crane was born 01 Nov 1871 in Newark, New Jersey to Rev. Jonathan and Mary (Peck) Crane. His family moved to Port Jervis, New York in 1876 where his father became pastor of the local Methodist Church.

He was sickly as a child but also very precocious. It is said that he taught himself to read before the age of four.

As an adult, he became a journalist, poet, and novelist and is today, recognized as one of the most important American writers of his generation. He won high acclaim in 1895 with the publication of the novel, “The Red Badge of Courage.”

Stephen Crane joined the District of Columbia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution in 1896, at the age of 24, on his great great grandfather Stephen Crane (1709- 1780), who had served as a delegate to the First Continental Congress. His national number is 7061 and his D.C. number is 561. His application indicates that he was currently residing in New York and his occupation was that of a writer.

Stephen Crane died of tuberculosis on 05 Jun 1900 in Germany at 28 years of age and is buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Hillside, New Jersey.

Note- This photograph of Stephen Crane is from Wikipedia, taken about the time he joined the SAR.