Read a brief overview of the subject's life, or longer summaries of major events and achievements.
- Brief Overview
- 1830–1847: Childhood Years
- 1847–1848: Boarding School and a Return Home
- 1848–1850: The Great Revival and Poetic Beginnings
- 1850–1853: Youthful Courting
- 1853–1855: Springfield and Washington
- 1856–1862: Prolific Writing, a Shock, and Civil War
- 1862–1864: A Mentor
- 1865–1874: Deaths in the Family
- 1874–1883: Disappointment and Loss
- 1884–1886: Called Back
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