Julia Ward Howe

(1819 - 1910)

Born to a prominent New York family related by marriage to the Astors, Julia Ward Howe wrote “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” worked tirelessly as a feminist and abolitionist reformer, and gave birth to six children.

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“Battle Hymn of the Republic” author Julia Ward Howe complained to her sister in August 1846 about the death of her sister-in-law: “My mourning has been quite an inconvenience to me this summer. I had just spent all the money I could afford for my summer clothes and was forced to spend $30 more for black dresses,” Howe wrote. “The black clothes, however, seem to me very idle things, and I shall leave word in my will that no one shall wear them for me.”

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