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John Greenleaf Whittier
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Born (1807-12-17)December 17, 1807
Haverhill, Massachusetts, United States
Died September 7, 1892(1892-09-07) (aged 84)
Hampton Falls, New Hampshire, United States
Occupation Editor, poet

John Greenleaf Whittier (December 17, 1807 – September 7, 1892) was an American poet. He was from Haverhill, Massachusetts and was a Quaker. Like many Quakers, Whittier believed that slavery was wrong. Whittier was active in the movement to end American slavery, and was a member of the anti-slavery Liberty Party.

Many of his poems are about slavery. During the American Civil War, Whittier wrote a poem called "Barbara Frietchie". Later in life, Whittier wrote a poem called "Snowbound". Whittier was one of the people who founded The Atlantic Monthly. The city of Whittier, California was named for Whittier when he was still living, and the town of Whittier, Alaska is also named for him.

He died at home on September 7, 1892, and was buried in Amesbury, Massachusetts.

Poetry collections

Our Countrymen in Chains
Broadside publication of Whittier's Our Countrymen in Chains
  • Poems written during the Progress of the Abolition Question in the United States (1837)
  • Lays of My Home (1843)
  • Voices of Freedom (1846)
  • Songs of Labor (1850)
  • The Chapel of the Hermits (1853)
  • Le Marais du Cygne (September 1858 Atlantic Monthly)
  • Home Ballads (1860)
  • The Furnace Blast (1862)
  • Maud Muller (1856)
  • In War Time (1864)
  • Snow-Bound (1866)
  • The Tent on the Beach (1867)
  • Among the Hills (1869)
  • Whittier's Poems Complete (1874)
  • The Pennsylvania Pilgrim (1872)
  • The Vision of Echard (1878)
  • The King's Missive (1881)
  • Saint Gregory's Guest (1886)
  • At Sundown (1890)

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