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John Greenleaf Whittier, 1807-1892 (American poet & abolitionist)


biographical statement

John Greenleaf Whittier (December 17, 1807 – September 7, 1892) was an influential American Quaker poet and ardent advocate of the abolition of slavery in the United States. He is usually listed as one of the Fireside Poets. Whittier was strongly influenced by the Scottish poet Robert Burns. Highly regarded in his lifetime and for a period thereafter, he is now remembered for his poem Snow-Bound, and the words of the hymn Dear Lord and Father of Mankind, from his poem "The Brewing of Soma", sung to music by Hubert Parry.

Citation (MWB, October 17, 2012)

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Lucy Larcom Collection

Identifier: MC-005
Abstract The Lucy Larcom Papers include 2 diaries, Nov. 1859-Aug. 1862; commonplace books, 1859-1867; herbaria; class books and grade book, 1859-1861; rhetoric notes, 1855 and 1857; correspondence with mother, John Greenleaf Whittier and his sister, Mrs. A.D.T.Whitney, and others, 1840s-1890s; paintings; clothing; manuscript poems and the Semi-centennial Sketch of Wheaton Seminary; Kansas Prize Song printed on handkerchief (1855); photographs Larcom owned; articles, obituaries, memorials; genealogical...
Dates: 1859-1970s

Mary J. Bailey Lincoln (Mary Johnson Bailey) Biographical Information

Identifier: SMC-016
Abstract Mary J. Lincoln's biographical information includes various biographies, family newsletters, and information about her relatives Jane Eliza Woodbury and Mary E. Bailey.
Dates: 1838-1996; 1982 - 1996

Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1870, 1879, n.d.

Scope and Contents From the Collection: The Lucy Larcom Papers include 2 diaries, Nov. 1859-Aug. 1862, originally begun as an "extended letter" to Esther Humiston. Humiston was a life long confidante until her death in 1861. Many of the entries were marked for inclusion in Daniel Dulany Addison's biography "Lucy Larcom: Life, Letters and Diary" (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1894.) Within the collection are Larcom's commonplace books from 1859-1867 in which she collected clippings and manuscript excerpts of poems,...
Dates: 1870, 1879, n.d.