was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1836, Homer was the second of three sons of Charles Savage Homer and Henrietta Benson Homer
, both from long lines of New Englanders.
took on many of her
traits, including her
quiet, strong-willed, terse, sociable nature; her
dry sense of humor; and her
had a happy childhood, growing up mostly in then rural Cambridge, Massachusetts.
He was an average student, but his art talent was on display early.
Homer's father was a volatile, restless businessman who was always looking to "make a killing".
was thirteen, Charles gave up the hardware store business to seek a fortune in the California gold rush.