Julia Ward Howe
About the poet:
Born: May 27, 1819 in New York City
Died: October 17, 1910 in Boston Massachusetts
Julia Ward Howe, little known today except as author of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," was famous in her lifetime as poet, essayist, lecturer, reformer and biographer. She worked to end slavery, helped to initiate the women's movement in many states, and organized for international peace-all at a time, she noted, "when to do so was a thankless office, involving public ridicule and private avoidance."