||June 18, 1819
Portland, Maine, USA
||October 3, 1892
Cape Elizabeth, Maine, USA
||Western Cemetery, Portland, Maine, USA
||Harvard College, Harvard Divinity School
||Clergyman and hymn writer
||Brother of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Samuel Longfellow (1819–1892) was an American clergyman and hymn writer.
Longfellow was born in Portland, Maine to Stephen and Zilpah (Wadsworth) Longfellow; he is the younger brother of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. He attended Harvard College and Harvard Divinity School, where his classmates included Thomas Wentworth Higginson and Samuel Johnson, with whom he would later collaborate in his hymn-writing. He is considered part of the second-generation of transcendentalists; after becoming a Unitarian pastor, he adapted the Transcendental philosophy he had encountered in divinity school into his hymns and sermons. He served as a pastor in Fall River, Massachusetts (1848), Second Unitarian Church (Brooklyn, New York) (1853), and Germantown, Pennsylvania (1860).
He died in 1892 and is buried in the Western Cemetery in Portland's West End.
- A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion, 1846, jointly edited with Samuel Johnson. This collection was enlarged and revised in 1860.
- Thalatta: a Book for the Seaside, with Thomas W. Higginson, 1853
- Vespers, 1859
- The Poem of Niagata, 1861
- Hymns of the Spirit, 1864 (jointly edited with Samuel Johnson)
- The Life of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1886
- Memoir and Letters, 1894
- ^ Gura, Philip F. American Transcendentalism: A History. New York: Hill and Wang, 2007: 8. ISBN 0-8090-3477-8