Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

27 February 1807–24 March 1882 (Age 75)
Portland, Cumberland, Maine, United States

The Life Summary of Henry Wadsworth

When Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was born on 27 February 1807, in Portland, Cumberland, Maine, United States, his father, Stephen Longfellow IV, was 30 and his mother, Zilpah Wadsworth, was 29. He married Mary Storer Potter on 14 September 1831, in Portland, Cumberland, Maine, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He lived in United States in 1882 and Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom in 1911. In 1836, at the age of 47, his occupation is listed as professor of modern languages, harvard college in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died on 24 March 1882, in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 75, and was buried in Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Frances Elizabeth Appleton
Marriage: 13 June 1843
Charles Appleton Longfellow
Ernest Wadsworth Longfellow
Fanny Longfellow
Alice Mary Longfellow
Edith Longfellow
Anne Allegra Longfellow

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    13 June 1843Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
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    World Events (8)

    Age 1
    Atlantic slave trade abolished.
    1808 · The British West Africa Squadron
    Age 1
    The British West Africa Squadron was formed in 1808 to suppress illegal slave trading on the African coastline. The British West Africa Squadron had freed approximately 150,000 people by 1865.
    Age 23
    Eclectic Period (Art and Antiques).

    Name Meaning

    English: nickname from Middle English lang, long ‘long, tall’ + felagh ‘fellow’.History: The name made famous in America by poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–82) of Portland, ME, was introduced to North America by William Longfellow of Yorkshire, England, who settled in Newbury, MA, c. 1676.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

    Story Highlight

    Longfellow's Christmas, as told by Edward Herrmann

    Full video available at: https://www.thetabernaclechoir.org/videos/longfellows-christmas-edward-k-herrmann.html

    Sources (88)

    • Henry W. Longfellow in entry for Longfellow, "Massachusetts Births, 1841-1915"
    • Henry W Longfellow, "Massachusetts State Census, 1855"
    • Prof Henry W Longfellow, "Pennsylvania, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Marriage Records, 1512-1989"

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