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Molly Elliot Seawell "(October 23, 1860 Gloucester, Virginia - November 15, 1916 Washington, D. C.) was an American writer. Baptized as "Mary," Molly Elliot Seawell was born into one of the older families of English language-speaking North America and one of the first families of Virginia. Her father was John Tyler Seawell, a lawyer and orator and a nephew of President of the United States John Tyler. Her mother (Tyler's second wife), Frances Elizabeth Jackson Seawell, was a native of Baltimore". "Born in Gloucester, Virginia, Seawell spent her early life at the family's plantation home, "The Shelter," which had been a hospital in the American Revolutionary War."

Seawell's portrait hangs in the Botetourt Gallery in Swem Library. A video tour of the gallery is available via YouTube.



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