Theodor Seuss Geisel (1904 - 1991)

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Theodor Seuss Geisel
1904 - 1991
Born
March 2, 1904
Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts United States
Death
September 24, 1991
La Jolla, San Diego County, California United States
Other Names
Dr. Seuss, Ted
Summary
Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2, 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts. He is the child of Theodor Robert Geisel and Henrietta Augusta Geisel, with siblings Margaretha and Henrietta. According to his family tree, he married Helen Marion Geisel on November 29, 1927 in Springfield, Massachusetts. They were married until Helen's death in 1967 in Fresno, California. He also married Audrey Grace Florine Geisel on August 6, 1968 in San Diego, California. They were married until Theodor's death in 1991 in La Jolla, California. He died on September 24, 1991 in La Jolla, California at 87 years old.
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The son of Henrietta (Seuss) and Theodor Robert Geisel, "Dr. Seuss" was famed for his children's books. His father ran the family brewery until Prohibition and then was appointed to supervise Springfield Massachusetts' public park system. He had one sister, Maxine. They were of German descent and experienced anti-German prejudice from other children following the outbreak of World War I in 1914. His future wife, Helen Palmer Geisel, encouraged him to pursue a career in drawing and his first nationally published cartoon appeared in the July 16, 1927, issue of The Saturday Evening Post. After this success, he moved to New York City and married Helen. He moved on to advertising and had great success. Then, in 1931, Viking Press published his first book "Boners", a collection of children's sayings that he illustrated. A few children's books followed in the late 1930s, and then "Horton Hatches the Egg" was published in 1940. The previous books were prose but Horton was written in poetry. His later successes would follow this format. During WW2, Ted used his talents to the war effort - drawing political cartoons and later writing films for the Army. But after the war, when he and Helen moved to La Jolla CA, he returned to children's books as well as illustrated short stories, mainly in Redbook magazine. Helen had been ill for many years and died by suicide in 1967. Ted subsequently married Audrey Dimond in 1968 and they remained married until he died. He never had children - and he once said about children: "You have 'em; I'll entertain 'em." Scroll down to see a list or Dr. Seuss books in chronological order.

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Theodor Seuss Geisel
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Theodor Seuss Geisel
Full name
Dr. Seuss, Ted
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La Jolla, San Diego County, California United States
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Theodor Geisel was born on in Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts United States
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Theodor Geisel died on in La Jolla, San Diego County, California United States
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Throat cancer
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ashes scattered in the Pacific Ocean
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German

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United States: Massachusetts, New York, California
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Dartmouth College (BA) Lincoln College, Oxford

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Writer and illustrator

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Author, Cartoonist

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Captain in the Army - joined 1943
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And To Think That I Saw it On Mulberry Street (1937) The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins (1938) The King’s Stilts (1939) Horton Hatches the Egg (1940) McElligot’s Pool (1947) Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose (1948) If I Ran the Zoo (1950) Gerald McBoing Boing (1950) Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories (1950) Scrambled Eggs Super! (1953) Horton Hears a Who! (1954) On Beyond Zebra! (1955) If I Ran the Circus (1956) The Cat in the Hat (1957) How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1957) The Cat in the Hat Comes Back (1958) Happy Birthday to You! (1959) One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish (1960) Green Eggs and Ham (1960) The Sneetches and Other Stories (1961) Dr Seuss’s Sleep Book (1962) Dr Seuss’s ABC (1963) Hop on Pop (1963) Fox in Socks (1965) I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew (1965) The Foot Book (1968) I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! And Other Stories (1969) Mr Brown Can Moo! Can You? (1970) The Lorax (1971) Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now? (1972) Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? (1973) The Shape of Me and Other Stuff (1973) There’s a Wocket in my Pocket (1974) Great Day for Up! (1974) Oh, The Thinks You Can Think! (1975) I Can Read with My Eyes Shut (1978) Oh Say Can You Say? (1979) Hunches in Bunches (1982) The Butter Battle Book (1984) You’re Only Old Once (1986) Oh, The Places You’ll Go! (1990) Daisy-Head Mayzie (1995) Oh, Baby, The Places You’ll Go! (1997) Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! (1998) The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories (2011) Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories (2014) What Pet Should I Get? (2015)
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Married: November 29, 1927 - October 23, 1967
Cause of Separation: Helen's Death
Married at: Springfield, Hampden County, MA United States
Ended: Fresno, Fresno County, CA United States
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Married: August 6, 1968 - September 24, 1991
Cause of Separation: Theodor's Death
Married at: San Diego, San Diego County, CA United States
Ended: La Jolla, San Diego County, CA United States
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Theodor Seuss Geisel died on September 24, 1991 in La Jolla, California at 87 years old. He was buried in ashes scattered in the Pacific Ocean. Theodor was born on March 2, 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts. He is the child of Theodor Robert Geisel and Henrietta Augusta Geisel, with siblings Margaretha and Henrietta. According to his family tree, he married Helen Marion Geisel on November 29, 1927 in Springfield, Massachusetts. They were married until Helen's death in 1967 in Fresno, California. He married Audrey Grace Florine Geisel on August 6, 1968 in San Diego, California. They were married until Theodor's death in 1991 in La Jolla, California.

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In 1904, in the year that Theodor Seuss Geisel was born, the Russo-Japanese war began. The Russian Empire and the Japanese Empire began fighting over the territories of Manchuria and Korea. Russia wanted a warm water port on the Pacific Ocean while Japan feared growing encroachment from Russia into Asia. So the Japan fleet launched a surprise attack on the Russian Navy and a one year war began. President Roosevelt of the United States brokered peace between the two nations. It was the first time in the modern era that an Asian power showed its dominance over a European power.

In 1927, he was 23 years old when in September, the Columbia Broadcasting System (later called CBS) became the second national radio network in the U.S. The first broadcast was a presentation by the Howard Barlow Orchestra from radio station WOR in Newark, New Jersey.

In 1933, when he was 29 years old, Frances Perkins became the first woman to hold a cabinet-level position, appointed by President Roosevelt to serve as Secretary of Labor. She told him that her priorities would be a 40-hour work week, a minimum wage, unemployment compensation, worker’s compensation, abolition of child labor, direct federal aid to the states for unemployment relief, Social Security, a revitalized federal employment service, and universal health insurance. President Roosevelt approved of all of them and most them were implemented during his terms as President. She served until his death in 1945.

In 1956, Theodor was 52 years old when on May 20th, the U.S. tested the first hydrogen bomb dropped from a plane over Bikini Atoll. Previously, hydrogen bombs had only been tested on the ground. The Atomic Age moved forward.

In 1991, in the year of Theodor Seuss Geisel's passing, on November 7th, legendary basketball player Magic Johnson announced that he had HIV. In 1991, the public was confused about the difference between HIV and AIDS (HIV is a virus that can lead to AIDS) and there was little treatment for either. Most thought that Johnson would die within a year or so. Also, the transmission of AIDS wasn't understood so he had to retire from basketball. Magic Johnson is still alive and well.

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