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Sarah Josepha Hale
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Poet
    (October 24, 1788-April 30, 1879)
    Born in Newport, New Hampshire
    Birth name was Sarah Josepha Buell
    Editor of the journal 'Godey's Lady's Book' (1837-77)
    Best known poem was 'Mary Had a Little Lamb'
    She opposed women's suffrage, instead encouraging the use of 'the secret, silent influence of women' to sway male voters.
    After her husband died, she wore black for the remaining 57 years of her life.
    Although she wrote over 40 books, 'Mary Had a Little Lamb' is the only one of her works people remember.
    Some critics suggested that she stole the first four lines of 'Mary' from one John Roulstone.
    Under her guidance, 'Godey's Lady's Book' became the most popular magazine in America, with circulation soaring from 10,000 to 150,000.
    She was an advocate for higher education for women.
    She raised money in Boston to complete the Bunker Hill Monument (1843).
    She persuaded Abraham Lincoln to make Thanksgiving a national holiday (1863).

Credit: C. Fishel


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