John Greenleaf Whittier

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Date of Birth December 17, 1807
Place of Birth Haverhill, Massachusetts
Date of Death Sep 7, 1892 (84)
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John Greenleaf Whittier

John Greenleaf Whittier was an American Quaker poet and advocate of the abolition of slavery in the United States. Frequently listed as one of the fireside poets, he was influenced by the Scottish poet Robert Burns. Whittier is remembered particularly for his anti-slavery writings as well as his book Snow-Bound.

Born: December 17, 1807, Haverhill, Massachusetts, United States
Died: September 7, 1892, Hampton Falls, New Hampshire, United States
Occupation: Editor, poet

About John Greenleaf Whittier

Nineteenth-century American Fireside Poet and abolitionist whose best-known poems include "Snow-Bound" and "The Brewing of Soma." He also wrote the lyrics to the popular hymn "Dear Lord and Father of Mankind."

Before Fame

He published his first poem in the Newburyport Free Press when he was only eighteen years old.


His poems are remembered for their Quaker themes.

Family Life

He was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts to Abigail and John Whittier. He and his two sisters and one brother grew up on a Massachusetts farm.


Poet Robert Burns was Whittier's most significant literary influence.

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