Longfellow Henry Wadsworth

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 –1882), 4th cousin 6x removed

During his lifetime, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was America’s favorite poet.  The narrative poems he wrote, including “The Courtship of Miles Standish” (1858), “The Song of Hiawatha” (1847), “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere” (1863) and “Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie” (1847), have forever colored our view of American history, and provided the nation with some of its most beloved and often depicted scenes of our mythic past.  He was also the first American to translate Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy and was one of the five Fireside Poets.  Longfellow was born in Portland, Maine, then part of Massachusetts, and studied at Bowdoin College.  After spending time in Europe he became a professor at Bowdoin and later, at Harvard College.  His first major poetry collections were Voices of the Night (1839) and Ballads and Other Poems (1841).  Longfellow retired from teaching in 1854 to focus on his writing, living the remainder of his life in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Longfellow wrote predominantly lyric poems, known for their musicality and often presenting stories of mythology and legend.  He became the most popular American poet of his day and also had success overseas.  He has been criticized, however, for imitating European styles and writing specifically for the masses.

 

The Longfellow House, 105 Brattle Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts (Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site)

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 – 1882), 4th cousin 6x removed – Zilpah Wadsworth (1746 – 1778) – Peleg Wadsworth (1715 – 1799) – Mercy Wiswall (1680 – 1716) – Priscilla Pabodie (1653 – 1724) – William Pabodie (1620 – 1707) – Martha Pabodie (1651 – 1712) – Joseph Seabury (1678 – 1755) – Elizabeth “Betty” Seabury (1730 – 1815) – Joseph Allen (1758 – 1838) – Elizabeth Allen (1788 – 1871) – Laura Ann King (1811 – 1883) – Harriet Allen Clarke (1839 – 1898) – Clarence Clark Hamlin (1868 – 1940) – Elizabeth Gunnell Hamlin (1901 – 1982) – Tor Martin Hylbom (1939 – 2009) – Tor Martin (Majerus) Hylbom

 

For further appreciation, you can visit the Longfellow House at 105 Brattle Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts (a National Park Service site).  Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site preserves the home of Henry W. Longfellow, which also served as headquarters for General George Washington during the Siege of Boston, July 1775 – April 1776.  In addition to its rich history, the site offers unique opportunities to explore 19th century literature and arts.

 

Longfellow is also a descendant of Henry Howland.

 

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