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Phil Scarpino

Every(historian) A Public Historian

Henry Davis Sleeper was many things. He was one of America’s first professional interior decorators. He was a member of New England’s elite in the early twentieth century. He remained unmarried. He was gay. The details of this story that were routinely shared by tour guides at Sleeper’s magnificent home called Beauport (pictured to the left) in Gloucester, MA, included all those above except Sleeper’s sexual orientation. Read more