Harriet Beecher Stowe

stowe2June 14, 1811 – July 1, 1896

Harriet Beecher was a very well-educated writer from a very religious family who wrote dozens of books. But, none are as well-known or had as much of an impact as her landmark 1852 work, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Originally produced as a serial for the abolitionist newspaper, The National Era, the story’s popularity (and accompanying controversy) demanded it be released in novel form. Cabin‘s depiction of the daily, oppressed life of slaves in America both enrapt a sympathetic people in the North and enraged Southerners whose very way of life depended on the slaves Stowe portrayed. The book sold outrageous amounts of copies.

During the Civil War, Stowe was invited to speak with President Lincoln in Washington D.C. After the war, she turned her sites on women’s rights. And she continued writing. She lived the last years of her life next to Mark Twain in Hartford, CT. and died at the age of 85 after a long bout of “mental decay” that many now speculate was Alzheimer’s disease.


Phillips Academy Cemetery – Andover, MA

Specific Location

Enter the small cemetery from Chapel Ave. and walk up (south) the central “road.” Harriet’s large, reddish cross marker is on your left just past halfway up.



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