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SpringGreen



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:47 am    Post subject: Correct birth year Reply with quote

The person who uncovered his correct birth year was Thomas Hines, in an article printed in the Wisconsin Magazine of History. I wrote about this for Taliesin guides. What I wrote (edited) is below:
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In the Wisconsin Magazine of History: Volume 50, number 2, Winter 1967, Hines wrote an article entitled, “Frank Lloyd Wright—The Madison Years: Records versus Recollections,” p. 109-119. In the article, Hines stated that, while historians had, until that time, accepted Wright’s account that he had been born in 1869, “[t]hree documents relating to Wright’s Madison years, hitherto unnoted by historians, show conclusively that Wright was born in 1867.” [p.109]

1.) The first of these was the 1880 United States Census, which
lists the names and ages of the family of William C. Wright and his wife Anna, giving the age of a son, Frank, as being thirteen. If Frank was thirteen in 1880, he would, therefore, have been born in 1867, not 1869. [p. 110]

2.) The 2nd piece of evidence comes from one of the schools that Wright attended, the “old” Madison high school (now Central High School).
Wright’s name appears… once in the surviving records of his high school. In the oldest volume… in the school’s collection… Wright’s name appears near the end of the book, with his father’s name, his address, 804 E. Gorham and his birth date, ‘June 8, 1867.’[ibid]

3.) The 3rd [piece of evidence are his parents divorce records. In them, it is recorded that:
[T]he parties hereto have three children… whose names and ages are as followed: Frank L. Wright, 17 years old, June 8, 1884; [Jane Porter], 15 years old, April 26, 1884; [Maginel Wright Barney], 7 years old, June 19, 1884.” Listed by his father, under oath, as being seventeen on June 8, 1884, Frank Lloyd Wright would, therefore, have been born on June 8, 1867. [p. 111]

... So, Hines speculated on why Wright may have fudged the truth:
[S]lowly over the years, Wright’s unique creative nature demanded and conceived for himself a persona, a mythic personality surrounded by a partially mythic world; that indeed he had no conception of objective “truth” as most people define it, but that he determined the truth of all things by the degree to which such things supported or contradicted the “truths” of his own world. A family situation and an education as he described them seemed, therefore, more appropriate and acceptable as an introduction to his life than the real situations had been.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 9:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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