Vaughan Kester

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Vaughan Kester
Vaughan Kester.jpg
Kester, ca. 1900
BornSeptember 12, 1869
DiedJuly 4, 1911
Spouse(s)Jessie Jennings Kester
Parent(s)Franklin Cooley Kester and Harriet Watkins Kester (cofounder of Cleveland School of Art, died 1926)

Vaughan or Vaughn Kester (September 12, 1869 – July 4, 1911) was an American novelist and journalist.

He was the elder brother of dramatist and author Paul Kester (1870–1933).

His style and topics were influenced by his travels through western and southern U.S., and by his mother's cousin William Dean Howells. His novel The Manager of the B & A was made into a film in 1916 directed by J.P. McGowan, with Leo Maloney and Helen Holmes, reissued in 1921 as The Man from Medicine Hat. He married Jessie B. Jennings from Mount Vernon, Ohio on August 31, 1898. They had no children.

In 1902, with his brother, he purchased and renovated Woodlawn Plantation.[1] From 1907, he lived at Gunston Hall, where he wrote The Prodigal Judge, and where he died.[2] A memorial in his honor was placed by his mother in Pohick Church, which had at one time been the parish church of Gunston Hall.[3]

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  1. ^ "Mount Vernon, Arlington and Woodlawn". Retrieved 21 February 2016.
  2. ^ "Gunston Hall". Retrieved 21 February 2016.
  3. ^ The Book News Monthly. J. Wanamaker. 1912.

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