1794–1888

Oc­to­ber 8, 1794, Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts.

Sep­tem­ber 15, 1888, Wash­ing­ton, DC.

Uni­ta­ri­an Church Ce­me­te­ry, Charles­ton, South Ca­ro­li­na.

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Caroline was the daugh­ter of Bos­ton ship­wright Sam­u­el How­ard (one of the In­di­ans from the 1773 Bos­ton Tea Par­ty), and wife of Sam­u­el Gil­man (mar­ried 1819)

De­spite a poor for­mal ed­uc­at­ion, she taught her­self and was grant­ed ac­cess to the per­son­al lib­ra­ry of her neigh­bor, Gov­er­nor El­bridge Ger­ry (from whose name comes the term ger­ry­man­der­ing).

After marriage, she and her hus­band and moved to Charles­ton, South Ca­ro­li­na.

In 1832, she found­ed The Rose Bud, one of the first Am­er­i­can week­lies for young peo­ple. It was re­named The South­ern Rose Bud in 1833, The South­ern Rose in 1835, and ceased pub­li­ca­tion in 1839.

After her hus­band’s death in 1858, she stayed in Charles­ton dur­ing the Am­er­i­can ci­vil war, and lat­er lived in Cam­bridge, Mass­a­chu­setts, then in Ti­ver­ton, Long Is­land, New York.

Howard wrote sev­er­al tales, ball­ads, and po­ems.

Her works in­clude:

  1. Cloud Flits o’er the Youth­ful Brow, The
  2. Glorious God Who Reigns on High, The
  3. Is There a Lone and Drea­ry Hour
  4. Sweet Hour of Ho­ly, Thought­ful Pray­er
  5. We Bless Thee for This Sac­red Day
  6. Whole Broad Earth Is Beau­ti­ful, The