Hezekiah Butterworth

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Hezekiah Butterworth

Hezekiah Butterworth (December 22, 1839 – 1905) was an American writer of books for young people, and a poet.[1]


Born in Warren, Rhode Island, he was a platform lecturer, speaking on education, hymnology, and his travels, which included tours in Europe, South America, Cuba and Canada. Among the works of Butterworth, most of them books for boys, are several volumes of Zig-Zag Journeys, the Knight of Liberty, In the Boyhood of Lincoln, Great Composers, The Patriot Schoolmaster, Songs of History, Poems and Ballads and Boys of Greenway Court, together with several cantatas.

The family were among the founders of Rhode Island; liberal Baptists of the Roger Williams views. In early life he began to contribute to the leading papers, among them the New York Independent. In 1870 he became connected with the Youth's Companion. He wrote Zig-Zag Journeys, twelve volumes, for a Boston publishing firm, which are stories of places, of which some 250,000 copies were sold. He wrote, in 1875, the Story of the Hymns for the American Tract Society, and won for it the George Wood Gold Medal. He later prepared a companion volume, called The Story of the Tunes. He prepared several cantatas for George F. Root's music, and one of these, Under the Palms, had a great popularity in England. He wrote for the Atlantic Monthly, Harper's publications, the Christian Union, and other periodicals. Volumes of his poems published include, Poems for Christmas, Easter and New Year's, and Songs of History. Butterworth was one of the editors of The Youth's Companion, and one of the hardest workers. He owned an old farm on the famous Mt. Hope Lands, Bristol, Rhode Island, and had a cottage at Belleview, Florida.[2]


  1. ^ "Hezekiah Butterworth: Biography". hezekiahbutterworth.com. Retrieved 7 March 2010. 
  2. ^ The Magazine of poetry, Volume 2, Issues 1-4 (1890)

Further reading[edit]

  • Hezekiah Butterworth. Zigzag journeys in India; or, The antipodes of the Far East: a collection of the zenänä tales. Boston: Estes and Lauriat, 1887. Google books

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