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Thomas Dixon, Jr.

Novelist + Playwright + Minister + Lecturer
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Born Jan 11, 1864
Hometown Shelby, North Car...
Died Apr 3, 1946
Death Place Raleigh, North Ca...
Genres Fiction
Nationality United States
Other Names Dixon, Thomas F.,...

Thomas F. Dixon, Jr. was a Southern Baptist minister, playwright, lecturer, North Carolina state legislator, lawyer, and author, perhaps best known for writing The Clansman — which was to become the inspiration for D. W. Griffith's film, The Birth of a Nation (1915).… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1864 Birth Born on January 11, 1864.

TEENAGE

1877 13 Years Old In 1877, Dixon entered the Shelby Academy, where he earned a diploma in only two years.
1879 15 Years Old In September 1879 Dixon enrolled at Wake Forest where he studied history and political science.
1883 19 Years Old As a student there, Dixon performed remarkably well, and in 1883, after only four years, Dixon earned a masters degree. … Read More

TWENTIES

1884 20 Years Old On January 11, 1884, despite the objections of his friend Woodrow Wilson, Dixon left Johns Hopkins University to pursue an education and a career on the stage. … Read More
1885 21 Years Old An excellent student, Dixon received his law degree in 1885. … Read More
Dixon retired from politics in 1886 after only one term in the legislature. … Read More
1887 23 Years Old On April 10, 1887 Dixon moved to the Second Baptist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina. … Read More
1889 25 Years Old In August 1889, Dixon accepted a post in New York City, despite the fact that his Boston congregation was willing to double his pay if he would stay. … Read More

THIRTIES

1894 30 Years Old …  The most popular of which were 'The Clansman' and 'The Leopard's Spots,' from which 'The Birth of a Nation' was dramatized. -- His Wife Madelyn Donovan 1894-1975." … Read More
1895 31 Years Old So, in 1895, Dixon resigned from the Baptist ministry, and started preaching at a nondenominational church.
1899 35 Years Old He continued preaching there until 1899 when he began to lecture full time. … Read More

FORTIES

1910 46 Years Old …  In the play, The Sins of the Father, which was produced in 1910-11, Dixon himself played the leading role.

FIFTIES

1915 51 Years Old His photoplay, The Birth of a Nation, appeared in 1915. … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

1939 75 Years Old 1 More Event
He wrote his last novel, The Flaming Sword, in 1939 and not long after he was crippled by a cerebral hemorrhage. … Read More
1946 82 Years Old Died on April 3, 1946.
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