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Julia Ward Howe
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    (May 27, 1819-October 17, 1910)
    Born in New York City, New York
    Birth name was Julia Ward
    Married physician/educator Samuel Gridley Howe
    Abolitionist, suffragette and poet
    Wrote the poetry collections 'Passion Flowers' (1854), 'Words for the Hour' (1857), 'Later Lyrics' (1866) and 'From Sunset Ridge: Poems Old and New' (1898)
    Wrote lyrics for 'The Battle Hymn of the Republic' (1861)
    Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame (1970)
    She suffered frequent bouts of depression.
    Her husband opposed her publishing her poems.
    She unsuccessfully tried to organize an international women's peace congress in response to the Franco-Prussian War.
    She looked like Queen Victoria.
    Despite a long and varied career, she is remembered pretty much just for 'The Battle Hymn of the Republic.'
    In addition to English, she was fluent in French, Italian, German, Greek and Latin.
    In her journal, she wrote 'I have never known my husband to approve of any act of mine which I myself valued. Books—poems—essays—everything has been contemptible in his eyes because not his way of doing things.'
    Although her husband opposed her working outside the home, he relied on her as a writer and editor for his abolitionist paper 'The Commonwealth.'
    'The Battle Hymn of the Republic' became one of America's most popular patriotic songs.
    She was the first woman elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1908).

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