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 Julia <I>Ward</I> Howe

Julia Ward Howe

New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 17 Oct 1910 (aged 91)
Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island, USA
Burial Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Plot Spruce Avenue, Lot 4987
Memorial ID 516 · View Source
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Author, Social Reformer. She was active in many social causes, women's rights, slavery and rankled many with her religious views. However, at the urging of President Abraham Lincoln, she was asked to write a song that would counter Confederate hymns and anthems. Her poem "Battle Hymn of the Republic" was the result. After submitting it to the “Atlantic Monthly”, for which she was paid five dollars, it culminated in being set to music, becoming the anthem of the North. Julia Howe entered into a violent marriage which inhibited her liberal views and causes. Her husband controlled, resented and at times mismanaged her financial inheritance and held the notion, prevalent at the time, a woman's place was in the home. He forced her to remain in the marriage by threatening to keep her from their four children. However, she became self educated while learning several languages, and published an abolitionist paper. Freed from the marriage upon her older husband's death, she set up shop on Beacon Street in Boston, Massachusetts, where she immersed herself in a busy social life while writing, lecturing and organizing women's clubs where ever she went. Her fight to create the first Mother's Day in America never succeeded but the seed was planted. In 1908, she was the first woman elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her appearances always started with a rendering of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." Upon her death at the age of ninety one, services were held at the Church of the Disciples and at the Boston Symphony Hall with crowds overflowing both structures. The United States Postal Service issued a Julia Ward Howe memorial stamp in 1988.

Bio by: Donald Greyfield

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Julia Ward Howe
Daughter of
Samuel Ward
Wife of
Samuel Gridley Howe
Born May 27, 1819
Died October 10, 1910




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