H. L. Mencken House

H. L. Mencken House (HM2SM)

Location: Baltimore, MD 21223
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 17.252', W 76° 38.507'

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Henry Louis Mencken was born on Lexington Street on September 12, 1880. His father hoped his eldest son would continue the family cigar manufacturing business, but after his father's death in 1899, Mencken headed straight for the Baltimore Morning Herald. By the age of 25, he was the paper's editor-in-chief. When the Herald folded in 1906, Mencken began his long association with the Baltimore Sunpapers, where his outspoken and entertaining views soon won him a national following.

Besides his work as a journalist, the "Sage of Baltimore" was a literary critic, a magazine editor, an authority on American linguistics, and amateur musician and a humorous critic of American life. During the Twenties, his influence as an iconoclast was so widespread that The New York Times called him "the most powerful private citizen in the United States."

Mencken and his family moved into this house in 1883. He lived there until his death on January 29, 1956.
HM NumberHM2SM
Series This marker is part of the Maryland: Baltimore City Historical Markers series, and the National Historic Landmarks series.
Placed ByThe City of Baltimore, Jeff Jerome, sponsor, William Donald Schaefer, mayor
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Date Added Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 6:17am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 358408 N 4349969
Decimal Degrees39.28753333, -76.64178333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 17.252', W 76° 38.507'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 17' 15.12" N, 76° 38' 30.42" W
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Area Code(s)410
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1522 Hollins St, Baltimore MD 21223, US
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