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Francis Brett Hart was born in Albany, New York, on August 25, 1836, to Henry and Elizabeth Hart. The youngster was called Frank as a child. He had two older siblings, Eliza and Henry; a younger sister, Margaret, was born in 1838. Harte's father added an "e" to the family surname when Harte was a young boy, apparently to distance himself from his father, with whom he did not have a good relationship. Harte's father was a teacher, but many schools closed during financial hard times that began in 1837. The family moved frequently to wherever Henry Harte could find work as a teacher. When he died in 1845, the family was left in dire conditions and moved to New York City. By the time he reached thirteen, Harte quit school to work as a clerk. He later joined a local military company.

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