John Lothrop Motley


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John Lothrop Motley (Dorchester, near Boston, Massachusetts, April 15, 1814 and died May 29, 1877, near Dorchester, Dorset) was an American historian and diplomat.

J. L. Motley, the son of Thomas Motley, was born at Dorchester (now a neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts), attended the Round Hill School, Boston Latin School, and graduated from Harvard in 1831. His boyhood was spent in ... more »

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  • ''Give us the luxuries of life, and we will dispense with its necessaries.''
    John Lothrop Motley (1814-1877), U.S. historian. Quoted in The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table, ch. 6, Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. (1858).
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