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William Hickling Prescott House

55 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02108

William Hickling Prescott (May 4, 1796 – January 28, 1859) was an American historian and Hispanist, who is widely recognized by historiographers to have been the first American scientific historian. He used an inheritance from his father to buy a house on Beacon Street in Boston. The building is now a National Historic Landmark, and is also known as the William Hickling Prescott House.

The house is operated as a museum by The National Society of The Colonial Dames Massachusetts Society. It includes period furniture and decorative arts donated by the society. It also includes a costume collection dating from the 18th to 20th centuries.

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