1819–1891
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Feb­ru­ary 22, 1819, Cam­bridge, Mas­sa­chu­setts.

Au­gust 12, 1891, Cam­bridge, Mas­sa­chu­setts.

Mount Au­burn Ce­me­te­ry, Cam­bridge, Mas­sa­chu­setts.

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James was the son of Charles Low­ell and Har­ri­ette Brack­et Spence. He mar­ried twice, to Ma­ria White (1844) and Franc­es Dunlap (1857).

A prom­in­ent po­et and au­thor, he grad­u­at­ed from Har­vard Col­lege in 1838, and was ad­mit­ted to the bar in 1840.

He be­came a Pro­fes­sor of Mod­ern Lang­uag­es and Lit­er­a­ture at Har­vard in 1855, suc­ceed­ing Hen­ry Wads­worth Long­fel­low.

He ed­it­ed the At­lan­tic Month­ly (1857–62) and the North Am­er­i­can Re­view (1863–72). He al­so served as Am­er­i­can min­is­ter to Spain (1877–80) and am­bas­sa­dor to Eng­land (1880–85).

His works in­clude:

  1. Men, Whose Boast It Is That Ye
  2. Once to Ev­ery Man and Na­tion
  3. What Means This Glo­ry Round Our Feet?