Horatio Alger
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A story of rags to riches.




January 13, 1832 – July 18, 1899

Horatio was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts and the son of a Unitarian minister. Horatio's father tutored him until the age of 10 at home and then later went to Gates Academy.

At the age of 16 he went to Harvard and studied under Henry Wadsworth Longfellow with the intention of becoming a poet.

During his lifetime he wrote 135 dime novels about becoming rich in America. These rags to riches stories illustrated how boys couldn't treat the American dream through hard work.

There were charges of child abuse brought against him throughout his lifetime. I cannot tell what exactly these charges were or why they were dropped nor do I want to make any assumptions about the claims.


Horatio Alger stories of the American dream have inspired some of the early personal development writers.

Imagine yourself as a young boy on a farm somewhere in the late 1800s reading a book and daydreaming about becoming wealthy beyond your wildest imagination.

 How many people were inspired by these books?

Using your imagination to create a successful life.