Julia (Ward) Howe

Julia (Ward) Howe (1819 - 1910)

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Julie Ward Howe

She was known as a strong abolitionist supporter, social activist and poet. She was fluent in many languages, and grew up in New York City.

In April 1843, she married Dr. Samuel G. Howe, who founded Perkins Institute for the Blind. The couple had six children and lived in South Boston, MA.

She is most known for one of her poems, “Battle Hymn of the Republic”. It was first thought of in late 1861 while she was in Washington, DC and Union troops during the American Civil War were everywhere. She had it published in February 1862 in the magazine, “Atlantic Monthly”. Julie was paid $5.00 for the poem. It was soon set to music by William Steffe and became quite popular. It legency has lasted for decades.

She also promoted the idea of Mother’s Peace Day starting in May 1872. This later became the annual month of May Mother’s Day celebration.

She was a featured speaker at the Howe Family Gathering in Framingham, Massachusetts in 1871.

Julie had many poems and stories published between the 1840s and the early 20th century.


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Julia Howe was an abolitionist and poet in the 19th Century.

Julia Ward (daughter of Samuel Ward and Julia Rush Cutler) was born 27 May 1819 in New York City, New York, and died 17 October 1910 in South Portsmouth, Rhode Island. She married Samuel Gridley Howe on 17 April 1843 in New York, NY, son of Joseph Neals Howe and Patty Gridley.

As a child in New York City, Julia Ward Howe received upbringing and education in the homes of eccentric relatives after her mother died of tuberculosis. Going between the homes of her zealously Calvinist father and uncle and her social, literary aunt helped to instill in her a lifelong conflict between poetic "indulgence" and an abiding fear of frivolity. She married Samuel Gridley Howe, the director of the Perkins Institute for the Blind in Boston, and with him she had six children and, for many years, a miserable marriage.

In Boston, where she felt bored and ineffective as a homemaker and her husband adamantly opposed her participation in public life, she began to publish poems and plays anonymously, most of which critics panned as dark, melodramatic, or immoral. Despite his resistance to women's political involvement and his anger towards her unflattering descriptions of him in her writing, Samuel Howe nonetheless allowed his wife to assist him in editing his antislavery paper the Commonwealth and to become involved in the abolitionist cause. On an 1861 trip to visit the Union camps near Washington, she penned her famous Battle-Hymn of the Republic publishing it the following year in the Atlantic Monthly. Set to the tune of the folk song "John Brown's Body," the "Battle-Hymn of the Republic" swept the North within a year, allegedly bringing tears to Lincoln's eyes and bestowing upon Julia Ward Howe unexpected celebrity.


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On 5 Oct 2014 at 20:10 GMT N (Sweet) S wrote:

Howe-2907 and Ward-9381 appear to represent the same person because: Same person.

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