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Definition: Howe, Julia Ward from Chambers Biographical Dictionary




US feminist, reformer and writer

Born in New York, a wealthy banker's daughter, she became a prominent suffragette and abolitionist, and founded the New England Woman Suffrage Association (1868) and the New England Women's Club (1868). She published several volumes of poetry, including Passion Flowers (1854) and Words for the Hour (1857), as well as travel books and a play. She also wrote the "Battle Hymn of the Republic" (1862, published in Atlantic Monthly), and edited Woman's Journal (1870-90). In 1908 she became the first woman to be elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She was married to Samuel Gridley Howe.

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Summary Article: Howe, Julia Ward
from Britannica Concise Encyclopedia

Julia Ward Howe, 1902. Credit:Courtesy of the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

(born May 27, 1819, New York, N.Y., U.S.—died Oct. 17, 1910, Newport, R.I.) U.S. abolitionist and social reformer. Born to a well-to-do family, she was educated privately. In 1843 she married educator Samuel Gridley Howe and took up residence in Boston. For a while she and her husband published the Commonwealth, an abolitionist newspaper. During a visit to an army camp near Washington, D.C., in 1861, she wrote a poem, “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” to be set to an old folk tune also used for “John Brown’s Body.” Published in February 1862 in The Atlantic Monthly, it became the semiofficial Civil War song of the Union Army, and Howe became famous. After the war she involved herself in the woman suffrage movement, helping to found and serving as president of the New England Woman Suffrage Association (1868–77, 1893–1910). She also wrote travel books, biography, drama, verse, and children’s songs and edited Woman’s Journal (1870–90). In 1908 she became the first woman elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Birth Place: New York City, New York, United States

Death Place: Newport, Rhode Island, United States

Name: Howe, Julia Ward or Julia Ward Howe

Gender: female

Nationality: American

Activity: American writer

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