A few years later, in 1834, Longfellow accepted a position at Harvard, after yet another tour of Europe this time accompanied with his new bride (he married Mary Storer Potter in 1831). Sadly, the new Mrs. Longfellow did not survive the trip. Heartbroken, he returned to Cambridge, Massachusetts to begin his teaching duties at Harvard. It was here that he met his second wife, Frances Appleton. All this time he immersed himself into writing poetry. Among some of his most famous productions were "Song of Hiawatha," "The Courtship of Miles Standish."
In 1854 Henry resigned from the Harvard faculty to devote himself more fully to writing. Just a few years later, as the nation was just entering the horrors of civil war, Longfellow suffered the loss of his second wife (in 1861). Many honors came to Longfellow in his final years (he passed away on March 24, 1882). "Of all the suns of the New England morning," says Van Wyck Brooks, "he was the largest in his golden sweetness."
Our family is connected to that of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow by marriage. Dad's 3rd great-grand aunt Martha Hull (sister of his 3rd great-grandfather Platt Hull) married Joseph L. Longfellow, the second cousin 2 times removed of the great poet. The following charts illustrate the family connection.
|Ezekiel Hull & Mary Denton|
|Platt Hull b.1787||Martha Hull b.1796 married ... Joseph L. Longfellow (see chart below) |
|Ezekiel Hull b.1813|
|Rebecca L. Hull b.1841|
|Frank Martin Bragg b.1867|
|Orval Bishop Bragg b.1895|
|Don C. Bragg b.1920|
|William Longfellow & Anne Sewall|
|William Longfellow b.1679||Stephen Longfellow b.1685|
|Jonathan Longfellow||Stephen Longfellow b.1685|
|Joseph L. Longfellow (third wife was Martha Hull b.1796)||Stephen Longfellow b.1723|
|Stephen Longfellow b.1750|
|Henry Wadsworth Longfellow b.1807|
Maine Historical Society, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow http://www.hwlongfellow.org/life_overview.shtml
American Poems, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow http://www.americanpoems.com/poets/longfellow