EAF Author: Thomas Wentworth Higginson (1823-1911)
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.
Malbone: An Oldport Romance (1869) (Restricted)
Document: Petition to Congress
Photo: Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Photo: Higginson, in uniform