Julia Ward Howe

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In 1863, while in Washington, D.C., with her husband, a prominent director of the newly named Perkins Institution for the Blind, Julia Ward Howe composed a poem to the cadence of "John Brown's Body" and called it the "Battle Hymn of the Republic." Reportedly, the poem's moving words caused Abraham Lincoln to cry and subsequently brought Julia Ward Howe immense recognition. Before writing the poem, Howe was active as an abolitionist. Later, after seeing the goals of the abolitionist movement fulfilled, she took up the cause of women's suffrage. Throughout their stormy marriage, Julia and her husband made contributions to many humanitarian causes. It was said of Julia Ward Howe that in the last third of the 19th century, "no movement or 'cause' in which women were interested, from suffrage, to pure milk for babies, could be launched without her." Howe was the first president of the New England Women Suffrage Association, a pivotal figure in the Branch of the Women's Suffrage Association and the first president of the American Branch of the Women's International Peace Association, peace being a cause to which she devoted the bulk of her attention for many years. Two of Julia's daughters, Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards and Maude Howe Elliott enjoyed prominence as authors and activists. Julia Ward Howe is buried in Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge. - NPS


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Y/M/D Description Association Composition Place Locale Food Event
Y/M/D Description Association Composition Place Locale Food Event
1819/05/27 Julia Ward is born in New York City. Born
1824/11/09 Julia Ward's mother, the published poet Julia Rush Cutler, dies of tuberculosis in New York City. Mourner
1838/01/25 Emily Astor marries Samuel Cutler Ward Bridesmaid Rokeby Barrytown Marriage of Emily Astor and Samuel Cutler Ward
1861/11/18 After hearing, "John Brown's Body", after a review of Union Infantry outside Washington on Upton Hill in Virginia, Rev James Clarke, suggest to Howe that she could write new words for the fight song. "I wish I might!," replied Mrs Howe. Lyricist The Battle Hymn of the Republic Arlington Virginia
1861/11/18 After hearing, "John Brown's Body", after a review of Union Infantry outside Washington on Upton Hill in Virginia, Rev James Clarke, suggest to Howe that she could write new words for the fight song. "I wish I might!," replied Mrs Howe. Lyricist John Brown's Body Arlington Virginia
1861/11/19 Staying at the Willard Hotel in Washington on the night of November 18, Howe awakes and write the verses to the "Battle Hymn of the Republic" in the gray of the morning twilight. Lyricist The Battle Hymn of the Republic Willard Hotel Washington, DC
1862/02/00 "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" is published in The Atlantic Monthly. Lyricist The Battle Hymn of the Republic
1863/00/00 Howe home 1863-1866 Home Samuel Gridley and Julia Ward Howe House Boston
1880/04/04 Friends of James Freeman Clarke, including William H Channing, Rev Henry W Foote, Julia Ward Howe and Dr O W Holmes, honor Clarke on his birthday with poem, song and story. Life Church of the Disciples Boston
1910/10/17 Julia Ward Howe dies of pneumonia at her home, Oak Glen, in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. She is buried in Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge. Died Oak Glen Portsmouth
1910/10/17 Julia Ward Howe dies of pneumonia at her home, Oak Glen, in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. She is buried in Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge. Died Mount Auburn Cemetery Cambridge

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The Battle Hymn of the Republic Lyricist Song 1862/02/00

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