"Greenpeace" pictured above was one of Julia's favorite homes.
23 US Presidents
served during Julia's lifetime.
James Monroe, 1817-1825
John Quincy Adams, 1825-1829
Andrew Jackson, 1829-1837
Martin Van Buren, 1837-1841
William Henry Harrison, 1841
John Tyler, 1841-1845
James Knox Polk, 1845-1849
Zachary Taylor, 1849-1850
Millard Fillmore, 1850-1853
Franklin Pierce, 1853-1857
James Buchanan, 1857-1861
Abraham Lincoln, 1861-1865
Andrew Johnson, 1865-1869
Ulysses S. Grant, 1869-1877
Rutherford B. Hayes, 1877-1881
James Abram Garfield, 1881
Chester Alan Arthur, 1881-1885
Grover Cleveland, 1885-1889
Benjamin Harrison, 1889-1893
Grover Cleveland, 1893-1897
William McKinley, 1897-1901
Theodore Roosevelt, 1901-1909
William Howard Taft, 1909-1913
5 British Monarchs
Served during Julia's lifetime
George III r. 1760 - 1820
George IV r. 1820 - 1830
William IV r. 1830 - 1837
Victoria r. 1837 - 1901
Edward VII r. 1901 - 1910
Events in History

1819 - 1910

1800 Washington D.C. becomes U.S. capital

1803 Louisiana Purchase from France doubles U.S. size

1804 Lewis and Clark explore Louisiana and Northwest Territories

1812 - 1814 War of 1812 fought between U.S. and Britain

1819 U.S acquires Florida from Spain

1830 Indian Removal Act forces Native Americans west of Mississippi River

1836 Texans defend the Alamo 1838 Cherokee Nation forced west on "Trail of Tears"

1846 Mexican War gives U.S Southwestern Territories

1846 Britain cedes Oregon Country to U.S

1848 Gold discovered in California

1853 National Council of Colored People is founded

1860 Abraham Lincoln elected 16th president of the U.S

1861 Civil War begins when Confederates fire on Fort Sumter

1862 Lincoln proclaims abolition of slavery in the U.S.

1869 Coast- to- coast railroad is finished in Utah

1876 Custer defeated at Battle of Little Big Horn

1889 Jane Addams founds Hull House in Chicago to help immigrants

1898 U.S. defeats Spain in Spanish, American War

The Timeline of Julia Ward Howe


Julia born in New York City May 27, 1819  
Her father Sam Ward was a banker in the firm of Prime, Ward and King and her mother Julia Rush Cutler Ward was a published poet.
  1824 Sister Annie born. Mother Julia Rush Cutler Ward dies.
  1829 Moved to #16 Bond St.
  1831 Moved to "The Corner" house at Broadway and Bond St. in New York City.
  1839 Father Sam Ward dies.
  1840 Brother Henry dies.
  1841 Visits friends in Boston and meets her future husband Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe.
  1842 Charles Dickens in New York. Attends a reception given for him at the City Hotel in NY, an event described in Philip Hones diary.
  1843 April 23rd Marries Samuel Gridley Howe (Chev.) Honeymoon and first trip to Europe.
  1844 Daughter Julia born.
  1845 Daughter Florence born. Moved from the Perkins Institute to "Green Peace" in South Boston where they lived until 1863. Chev elected to serve on the Boston School Board.
  1847 Economic Crash. From 1847 - 1850 the family lives at No. 74 Mount Vernon Street. Julia receives and annual income of $3,000 dollars.
  1848 Son Henry born.
  1849 Published in Rufus Griswold's "The Female Poets of America."
  1850 Daughter Laura born. Travels to Europe and lives in Rome in a rented apartment in Via Capo le Case. Studies Hebrew with a rabbi.
  1851 Returns to Boston
  1852 With Chev, published the Free Soil journal "The Commonwealth." Summer in Newport where they share a rented house with the Longfellows.
  1853 Friend Horace Binney Wallace commits suicide.
First summer at Lawton's Valley in South Portsmouth, RI.
  1854 Daughter Maud born. Anonymously publishes poetry: "Passionflowers." Editor in Chief of "The Listener," a newspaper for Miss Stephenson's school, where Julia and Flossie were students.
  1856 Chev. goes to Kansas. Julia writes five act drama "The Worlds Own" which is performed in both NY and Boston.
  1857 Wrote plays "Hippolytus" and "Leonora, or The World's Own," a five act drama was also performed in Boston. It closed after a brief run. Published poems "Words for the Hour." January: John Brown visits Boston to meet with "The Secret Six" for the first time.
  1859 Son Samuel, Jr. born. Accompanies Parker on a trip to Cuba. Theodore Parker dies. John Brown's Rebellion. Chev flees to Canada.
  1860 Publishes travel writings, "A Trip to Cuba."
  1861 Civil War starts. Chev serves as member of The Sanitation Committee and they live she travels with him to DC in the autumn.
  1862 Publishes the poem "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." Sam becomes a vice president of The Emancipation League. He helps to organize the Freedmen's Inquiry Commission.
  1863 Son Sam Jr. dies of diptheria. Moved to 13 Chestnut Street (rental), where they lived until 1865. Chev becomes chairman of the Massachusetts Board of State Charities.
  1864 Published newspaper, "The Boatswain's Whistle " a daily newspaper for the National Sailor's Fair held in Boston.
  1865 Chev buys new house at 16 Boyleston Street. Chev sells Lawton's Valley.
  1866 Published poems, "Later Lyrics." Uncle John dies.
  1867 Founded and edited literary magazine, "Northern Lights." Travels to Europe. Publishes travel book about her trip to Europe, "From the Oak to the Olive." Joined the Radical Club.
  1868 With Carole Severence, founds the New England Woman's Club (NEWC)
  1869 With Lucy Stone, helps establish the American Woman Suffrage Association (AWSA) and serves as President from 1868 - 1877 and 1893 - 1910.
  1870 With Lucy Stone, founder and assistant editor of suffrage newspaper, "Woman's Journal." Presides over the NEWC from 1870 - 1878. First summer at Oak Glenn, in South Portsmouth. Founds the Free Religious Association with Thomas Wentworh Higgins, Felix Adler and others.
  1871 Daughters marry. Forms the "Town and Country Club" with literary friends like Charlotte Cushman, Samuel Coleman,and George E. Waring. It continues to meet for thirty years.
  1872 Writes "The Woman's Peace Crusade." Travels to Santa Domingo on the steamer "Tybee". Travels to Europe to promote an International Woman's Peace Congress.
  1873 Helps found the American Advancement of Women. Travels to Santo Domingo with Chev. Uncle Charlie looses her money in "rash speculation" and to save money Julia rents out Green Peace and moves to Lawton's Valley with youngest daughter, Maud.
  1874 Publishes essay "Sex and Education."
  1875 Calls together the first convention of women ministers attended by figures like the Universalist Lorenza Haynes and Unitarians Mary Graves, and Eliza Tupper Wilkes. Travel to Santo Domingo with Chev.
  1876 Husband Samuel Gridley Howe (Chev) dies. Julia is left in financial instability.
  1877 Lecture tour through the west. Raises money for Maud's European Tour. Steps down as President of the New England Woman Suffrage Association.
  1878 Steps down as president of the NEWC. Trip to Europe from 1878 - 1879.
  1879 Publishes essay "The Other Side of the Woman Question." Returns from Europe. Gives "Modern Society" lecture at Concord School of Philosophy." Live in rented rooms in Benedict Chambers, a boarding house on Spruce Street in Boston.
  1880 Sam rents a house for Maud and Julia on Mount Vernon Street in Boston.
  1881 Publishes essay "Modern Society." Sam buys Julia a house at 241 Beacon Street, Boston.
  1883 Publishes Biography of Margaret Fuller.
  1891 President of the New England Woman Suffrage Association (1891 - 1893)
  1895 Publishes essay "Is Polite Society Polite?"
  1898 Publishes poems "At Sunset Ridge"
  1899 Publishes autobiography, "Reminiscence"
  1908 First Woman Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Publishes final volume of poems, "At Sunset."
  1910 Julia Ward Howe Dies Newport Rhode Island on October 17,1910.