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EAF Author: Thomas Wentworth Higginson (1823-1911)

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Thomas Wentworth Higginson was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Following his graduation from the Divinity School at Harvard in 1847, he became pastor of a Congregational Church in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Higginson's preaching often centered on social reform. He was an outspoken abolitionist (he supported John Brown) and an advocate of women's suffrage. Higginson's abolitionist views found further outlet in his Civil War service, as he became Colonel of the 1st South Carolina Volunteers--the first regiment of freedmen in the U. S. Army. After the war, Higginson lived in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, serving a brief term in the Massachusetts legislature. He is now also remembered as a correspondent of Emily Dickinson.

Works in the EAF Collection

Malbone: An Oldport Romance (1869) (Restricted)

Contemporary Biographies

From Oscar Fay Adams, A Dictionary of American Authors (1901)

From Samuel Austin Allibone, A Critical Dictionary of English Literature (1900)