Born: June 14, 1811, Litchfield, Connecticut.
Died: July 1, 1896, Hartford, Connecticut.
Buried: Phillips Academy Cemetery, Andover, Massachusetts.
Harriet was the daughter of Congregational minister Lyman Beecher and Roxanna Foote, sister of Henry Ward Beecher, and wife of Calvin Ellis Stowe, a professor at Lane Theological Seminary (married 1836). Her mother died when she was four years old.
At age 13, Stowe began attending a girls’ school in Hartford, Connecticut. In 1832, her family moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, where her father became head of Lane Theological Seminary.
In 1850, she became a professor at Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine.
Stowe wrote dozens of books, including Uncle Tom’s Cabin, an anti-slavery novel published in 1852. Most of her hymns appeared in her brother Henry’s 1855 Plymouth Collection.