1825–1913
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February 13, 1825, Charleston, South Carolina.

January 18, 1913, Rutland, Vermont, at her home, The Maples.

Evergreen Cemetery, Rutland, Vermont.

Caroline Thomas.

Julia was the daughter of Will­iam Young Rip­ley and Zul­ma Car­o­line Tho­mas, and wife of Se­ne­ca Mi­lo Dorr, a prominent New York lawyer and banker (married 1847).

Julia lost her mother as a child, and in 1830 her father took her to Ver­mont, where she was educated. She began writing poetry at an early age, but did not publish anything until two years after her marriage.

Julia contributed to magazines, mainly poetry, with an occasional short story. She counted among her friends writers such as Ralph Wal­do Em­er­son, James Rus­sell Low­ell, Ju­lia Ward Howe, Ri­chard Wat­son Gil­der, and Ol­iv­er Wen­dell Holmes. She carried on a correspondence with Holmes for over 20 years.

Dorr’s works include:

  1. Heir of All the Ages, I
  2. How Can I Cease to Pray for Thee?
  3. I Would Be Quiet, Lord
  4. It Is Not Mine, to Run with Eager Feet
  5. Jubilate!
  6. Thou Who Dost Build the Blind Bird’s Nest
  7. Yea, Lord, Yet Some Must Serve