Prescott, William Hickling
- Donald Darnell
Prescott, William Hickling (04 May 1796–28 January 1859), historian, was born in Salem, Massachusetts, the son of William Prescott, a lawyer and successful investor, and Catherine Greene Hickling. Prescott’s family was prominent in Massachusetts history, his grandfather William Prescott (1726–1795) having commanded the American forces at Bunker Hill. Afforded the advantages of Brahmin life, Prescott grew up in Boston, where he attended private school before entering Harvard as a sophomore in 1811. The fun-loving and highly sociable Prescott did not distinguish himself as a student until he was sobered by an accident in his junior year that left him blind in his left eye. He became serious about his studies, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa as a senior, and graduated in 1814....