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Is Susan B. Anthony’s house really 150 years old?

The city of Rochester seems to think so. It installed a brass plaque recognizing the sesquicentennial of the three-story house, where Anthony lived from 1866 until her death — the bed where she died is on the second floor, and part of the public tour — in 1906.

The reality is a bit more fuzzy. The house was built sometime between 1859 and 1864 by Husted Wanzer, a local dentist. Records show an increase in the property’s valuation in 1861, suggesting that the 12-room Italianate brick structure was completed by then.

Regardless of the precise date, Deborah L. Hughes, executive director of the Susan B. Anthony House, the nonprofit group that operates the house, said she was happy for the recognition. “We’ll take it,” she said on Tuesday.

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