Theodor Seuss Geisel

(1904 - 1991)

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Theodor Seuss Geisel
1904 - 1991
Born
March 2, 1904
Springfield, Massachusetts USA
Death
September 24, 1991
La Jolla, San Diego County, California USA
Other Names
Dr. Seuss, Ted
Summary
Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2, 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts USA. He was born to Theodor Robert Geisel and Henrietta Augusta Geisel, with siblings Margaretha and Henrietta. He married Helen Palmer on November 29, 1927 in Springfield, Massachusetts and Helen died on October 23, 1967 in Fresno, California. Theodor also married Audrey Stone on August 6, 1968 in San Diego, California and Theodor died on September 24, 1991 in La Jolla, California. He died on September 24, 1991 in La Jolla, California USA at 87 years old.
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Updated: February 26, 2021
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."

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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, Massachusetts USA
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Theodor Geisel died on in La Jolla, San Diego County, California USA
Death
Theodor Geisel was born on in Springfield, Massachusetts USA
Theodor Geisel died on in La Jolla, San Diego County, California USA
Birth
Death
Oral cancer
Cause of death
ashes scattered in the Pacific Ocean
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Heritage

Ethnicity & Lineage

German

Nationality & Locations

United States: Massachusetts, New York, California
Childhood

Education

Dartmouth College (BA)
Lincoln College, Oxford
Adulthood

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Writer and illustrator

Personal Life

Author, Cartoonist

Military Service

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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Jun 28, 1879 - Dec 9, 1968 1879 - 1968
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May 13, 1878 - Mar 8, 1932 1878 - 1932

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Jul 4, 1902 - Sep 14, 1945 1902 - 1945
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c. 1906 - c. 1908 1906 - 1908

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Theodor Seuss Geisel & Helen Marion Geisel

November 29, 1927 - October 23, 1967
Cause of Separation: Death
Springfield, Hampden County, MA, United States
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Sep 16, 1898 - Oct 23, 1967 1898 - 1967
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Theodor Seuss Geisel & Audrey Grace Florine Geisel

August 6, 1968 - September 24, 1991
Cause of Separation: Death
San Diego, San Diego County, CA, United States
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Aug 14, 1921 - Dec 19, 2018 1921 - 2018

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Theodor Seuss Geisel died on September 24, 1991 in La Jolla, California USA at 87 years old. He was buried in ashes scattered in the Pacific Ocean. He was born on March 2, 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts USA. He was born to Theodor Robert Geisel and Henrietta Augusta Geisel, with siblings Margaretha and Henrietta. Theodor married Helen Palmer on November 29, 1927 in Springfield, Massachusetts and Helen died on October 23, 1967 in Fresno, California. He married Audrey Stone on August 6, 1968 in San Diego, California and Theodor died on September 24, 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 1916, when he was just 12 years old, visiting nurse Margaret Sanger opened the first birth control clinic in the U.S. at 46 Amboy St. in Brooklyn New York. Ten days after the clinic opened, Sanger was arrested for "violating laws against giving out birth control information" which was defined as obscenity. The clinic was not handing out birth control - just information about sex and birth control methods. (The Comstock law categorized information about abortion, family planning, and contraception as “obscene”.) The clinics and organizations that Sanger established later evolved into the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

In 1953, Theodor was 49 years old when actress and comedian Lucille Ball gave birth to Desi Arnaz, Jr on January 19th. On the same day on "I Love Lucy", the fictional Little Ricky was born as well. Baby Desi graced the cover of the first TV Guide magazine with a headline that read ""Lucy's $50,000,000 baby" - because the commercial revenue from his birth was expected to be that amount.

In 1978, when he was 74 years old, on July 25th, Louise Brown, the first "test-tube baby", was born at Oldham Hospital in London. Louise was conceived through IVF (in vitro fertilization), a controversial and experimental procedure at the time.

In 1991, in the year of Theodor Seuss Geisel's passing, on January 16th, Allied forces began the first phase of Operation Desert Storm. Saddam Hussein's forces had previously invaded the sovereign state of Kuwait and the focus of the operation was to remove his Iraqi troops from Kuwait. On February 24th, the ground war began. Within 100 hours, American ground troops declared Kuwait liberated.

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