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John Greenleaf Whittier
(1807 - 1898)

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1807 Born 17 December near Haverhill, Massachusetts
1826 First poem ("The Exile's Departure") published in The Newburyport Free Press
1827 Attends Haverhill Academy for two semesters
1829 Editor of The American Manufacturer
1830 Begins editing the Haverhill Gazette and the New England Weekly Review
1831 Legends of New England published; delegate to the National Republican Convention in support of Henry Clay
1832 Father dies, Whittier returns home to run family farm; Moll Pitcher published
1833 Published anti-slavery panphlet Justice and Expediency at own expense
1835 Elected to the Massachusetts legislature; mobbed and stoned in Concord, New Hampshire for abolitionist views
1836 Elected secretary of the American Anti-Slavery Society; Mogg Megone and Voices of Freedom published
1838 Poems Written During the Progress of the Abolition Question published, edits Pennsylvania Freeman until the office is burned by mob (Whittier surreptitiously joins the raid in order to salvage his own papers)
1839 Returns to Massachusetts
1840 Founds the antislavery Liberty party
1842 Runs for Congress on the Liberty ticket
1843 Lays of my Home and Other Poems published
1847 The Supernaturalism of New England published; begins writing for the Washington abolitionist weekly, The National Era
1849 The Voices of Freedom published
1850 Songs of Labor and Old Portraits and Modern Sketches published
1853 The Chapel of the Hermits, and other Poems published
1855 Helps found Republican party
1856 The Panorama, and other Poems published
1857 Begins association with Atlantic Monthly magazine that lasts until his death
1859 Home Ballads published
1860 Panorama published
1862 In War Time published
1866 Snow-Bound published
1867 The Tent on the Beach and Maude Muller published
1869 Among the Hills published
1870 Ballads of New England published
1871 Miriam and Other Poems published
1874 The Pennsylvania Pilgrim published
1875 Hazel-Blossoms published
1878 The Vision of Echard published
1886 Saint Gregory's Guest published
1890 At Sundown published
1892 Dies 7 September
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