On this day: Julia Ward Howe died in 1910

Image of Julia Ward Howe as it appears on page 793 of Volume 2 of the History of Woman Suffrage, which was published in 1887.

Julia Ward Howe in the History of Woman Suffrage, published in 1887.

Prominent American activist Julia Ward Howe was born in New York City on the 27th of May, 1819.

She went onto achieve a dazzling array of things over her life, coming to prominence as a social activist, poet and abolitionist, as well as being before her time in the struggle for women’s rights.

Her most famous achievement is probably the penning of The Battle Hymn of the Republic.

Marrying a man eighteen years her senior, she had six children. However, her husband took issue with her feminist writing and the couple eventually separated.

Julia Ward Howe, half-length portrait, seated, facing left. Date c1908 Apr. 27.

c. 1908

Ward Howe died of pneumonia at home on the 17th of October, 1910. She was ninety-one. After her death her children collaborated on her biography, and the book went on to win a Pulitzer Prize.

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