1850-1943
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February 27, 1850, Boston, Massachusetts.

January 14, 1943, Gardiner, Maine.

Christ Church Cemetery, Gardiner, Maine.

Laura’s parents were Julia Ward Howe and Samuel Gridley Howe, an abolitionist and founder of the Perkins Institution and Massachusetts School for the Blind. Samuel’s famous pupil Laura Bridgman was Laura’s namesake.

In 1871, Laura married Henry Richards. He would accept a management position in 1876 at his family’s paper mill at Gardiner, Maine, where the couple moved with their three children. An elementary school in Gardiner was named after her.

In 1917, Laura won a Pulitzer Prize for Julia Ward Howe, 1819-1910, a biography she co-wrote with her sister, Maud Howe Elliott. Her children’s book Tirra Lirra won the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1959. Richards’ works include:

  1. At Easter Time
  2. How Sweet and Soothing Is the Thought