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Lifetime: 1822 - 1904 Passed: ≈ 119 years ago




United States, England

Elizabeth Wormeley Latimer

Mary Elizabeth Wormeley Latimer was an English-American writer, both of original works and translations.

Elizabeth was born on July 26, 1822 in London. She was the daughter of Admiral Ralph Randolph Wormeley (1785–1852) and Caroline (née Preble) Wormeley (1799–1872). Her father, a native of Virginia, was an Admiral of the British navy, and preceding his death, resided in Boston, Massachusetts. Among her siblings was Ariana Randolph Wormeley, who married the American lawyer and banker Daniel Sargent Curtis, and the nurse and author Katherine Prescott Wormeley.

Her paternal grandfather was James Wormeley, great-grandfather was John Randolph, attorney general for the Colony of Virginia and her grand-uncle was Edmund Randolph, the first Attorney General of the United States. Her mother was a niece of Commodore Edward Preble, U.S. Navy.

Her sisters were Katharine Prescott Wormeley, the translator, and Ariana Randolph Wormeley Curtis (1834–1922), a writer who published the comedy entitled The Coming Woman, or the Spirit of '76 in 1870, which has been acted in public and private both in the United States and in Europe. Ariana was married to prominent banker and patron of the arts, Daniel Sargent Curtis (1825–1908).

She was educated by tutors and at a school in Ipswich, Massachusetts. Early travels also helped educate her.

She spent the winter of 1842 in Boston as the guest of the family of George Ticknor, and in that environment received much encouragement of her interest in literature.

The daughter resided several years in Newport, Rhode Island, and in 1856, after gaining a reputation as a writer. After spending several years raising her children, she began writing again in 1876.

Around 1856, she married Randolph Brandt Latimer (1821–1903) of Baltimore. From 1856 to 1876, she devoted herself to raising a family, including:

  • Caroline Wormeley Latimer (1859–1933), a doctor in Boston.
  • Ralph Randolph Latimer (1862–1931)
  • James Brandt Latimer (1865–1926), who worked for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad and the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad and who married Anne Wise Mayo (1879–1955).

Latimer died on January 4, 1904 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Books by Elizabeth Wormeley Latimer

 France in the Nineteenth Century Cover image

France in the Nineteenth Century

History Non-Fiction
Napoleon New France French Revolution

Author Elizabeth Latimer synthesizes notes from a variety of sources to produce this summary of the nation of France in the 19th century.