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Julia WARD

Julia WARD

Female 1819 - 1910  (91 years)

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  • Name Julia WARD 
    Born 27 May 1819  New York City, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    _AMTID 110112935567:1030:113090087 
    _UID 5AD7940436014830A40A2A2249E368C5CB06 
    Died 17 Oct 1910  Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I16683  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 31 Oct 2010 

    Father Samuel WARD,   b. 1 May 1786, Newport, Newport, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Nov 1839  (Age 53 years) 
    Mother Julia Rush CUTTER,   b. 5 Jan 1796, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Nov 1824, New York City, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 28 years) 
    Married Oct 1812 
    Family ID F8014  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Dr. Samuel Gridley HOWE,   b. 10 Nov 1801, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jan 1876  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 23 Apr 1843 
    Children 
     1. Julia Romana HOWE,   b. Mar 1844,   d. 1886  (Age ~ 41 years)
    +2. Florence Marion HOWE,   b. 1845,   d. 1922  (Age 77 years)
     3. Henry Marion HOWE,   b. 2 Mar 1848,   d. 1922  (Age 73 years)
    +4. Laura Elizabeth HOWE,   b. 27 Feb 1850, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jan 1943  (Age 92 years)
     5. Maud HOWE,   b. 9 Nov 1855,   d. 1948  (Age 92 years)
     6. Samuel Gridley HOWE, Jr.,   b. 1858,   d. 1863  (Age 5 years)
    Last Modified 26 May 2021 
    Family ID F8017  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 27 May 1819 - New York City, New York Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 17 Oct 1910 - Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island Link to Google Earth
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    Julia Ward Howe.jpg

  • Notes 
    • A prominent American abolitionist, social activist, and poet most famous as the author of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic."

      Born Julia Ward in New York City, she was the fourth of seven children born to Samuel Ward (May 1, 1786 - November 27, 1839) and Julia Rush Cutler. Among her siblings was Samuel Cutler Ward. Her father was a well-to-do banker. Her mother died when she was five. When she was young she learned many languages: Italian, French, German, and Greek.

      Her paternal grandparents were Lieutenant Colonel Samuel Ward (November 17, 1756 - August 16, 1832) of the Continental Army and Phoebe Greene (died October 11, 1828). Her maternal grandparents were Benjamin Clarke and Sarah Mitchell Cutler.

      Lieutenant Colonel Samuel Ward was a son of Samuel Ward (May 27, 1725 - March 26, 1776), a colonial Governor of Rhode Island and later a delegate to the Continental Congress, and his wife Anna Ray (died December 3, 1770). Phoebe Greene was a daughter of William Greene (August 16, 1731 - November 30, 1809), Governor of Rhode Island and his wife Catharine Ray.

      In 1843 she married a hero of the Greek revolution, physician Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe nicknamed Chev, who founded the Perkins Institute for the Blind. The couple made their home in South Boston and were active in the Free Soil Party. She was a member of the Unitarian church. The Howes had five children who lived to adulthood: Julia Romana Anagnos, Florence Howe Hall, Henry Marion Howe, Laura E. Richards, Maud Howe Elliott. Her sixth and youngest child, Samuel Gridley Howe, Jr., died at age 3 from diphtheria.

      Howe's "The Battle Hymn of the Republic", set to William Steffe's already-existing music, was first published in the Atlantic Monthly in 1862 and quickly became one of the most popular songs of the Union during the American Civil War.

      In 1870 Howe was the first to proclaim Mother's Day, with her Mother's Day Proclamation.

      After the war Howe focused her activities on the causes of pacifism and women's suffrage. From 1872 to 1879, she assisted Lucy Stone and Henry Brown Blackwell in editing Woman's Journal.

      From 1891 to 1909 she was interested in the cause of Russian freedom. Howe supported Russian emigre Stepniak-Kravchinskii and became the member of the Society of American Friends of Russian Freedom (SAFRF).

      "The Battle Hymn of the Republic"

      Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord:
      He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
      He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword:
      His truth is marching on.

      (Chorus)
      Glory, glory, hallelujah!
      Glory, glory, hallelujah!
      Glory, glory, hallelujah!
      His truth is marching on.

      I have seen Him in the watch-fires of a hundred circling camps,
      They have builded Him an altar in the evening dews and damps;
      I can read His righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps:
      His day is marching on.

      (Chorus)
      Glory, glory, hallelujah!
      Glory, glory, hallelujah!
      Glory, glory, hallelujah!
      His day is marching on.

      I have read a fiery gospel writ in burnished rows of steel:
      "As ye deal with my contemners, so with you my grace shall deal;
      Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with his heel,
      Since God is marching on."

      (Chorus)
      Glory, glory, hallelujah!
      Glory, glory, hallelujah!
      Glory, glory, hallelujah!
      Since God is marching on.

      He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat;
      He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment-seat:
      Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer Him! be jubilant, my feet!
      Our God is marching on.

      (Chorus)
      Glory, glory, hallelujah!
      Glory, glory, hallelujah!
      Glory, glory, hallelujah!
      Our God is marching on.

      In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
      With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me:
      As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free,
      While God is marching on.

      (Chorus)
      Glory, glory, hallelujah!
      Glory, glory, hallelujah!
      Glory, glory, hallelujah!
      While God is marching on.

      He is coming like the glory of the morning on the wave,
      He is Wisdom to the mighty, He is Succour to the brave,
      So the world shall be His footstool, and the soul of Time His slave,
      Our God is marching on.

      (Chorus)
      Glory, glory, hallelujah!
      Glory, glory, hallelujah!
      Glory, glory, hallelujah!
      Our God is marching on.