Harriet E. Plimpton
1 Nov 1892 - 7 Sep 1978
was born in New York City on November 1, 1892, the daughter of Dr.
Oscar Warren and Harriet (Stevens) Plimpton. She was educated
in New York schools and graduated from Vassar College, New York.
She attended Oxford University, England, and Bread Loaf College, New
York. Harriet taught English and languages in high schools in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In addition to being a teacher she
was a great painter and sculptor as well as an author as you can see
in the following articles.
Harriet was the great granddaughter of Elias Plimpton who owned and operated the E. Plimpton & Sons hoe and handle factories of Purgatory. She summered in the gingerbread house on Hallowell Road, Purgatory, which her grandfather, Asa Warren Plimpton, built. Asa was one of the sons of Elias that took over operating the mills when his father retired. Harriet's father, Warren Oscar Plimpton, was graduated from Bowdoin college in 1882 and left Litchfield to study medicine at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. Dr. Plimpton and his family eventually settled in Philadelphia.