Samuel Longfellow

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Samuel Longfellow
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Born June 18, 1819
Portland, Maine, USA
Died October 3, 1892
Cape Elizabeth, Maine, USA
Resting place
Western Cemetery, Portland, Maine, USA
Nationality American
Education Harvard College, Harvard Divinity School
Occupation Clergyman and hymn writer
Religion Unitarian
Relatives 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 was 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;[1] after becoming a Unitarian pastor, he adapted the transcendental philosophy he had encountered in divinity school into his hymns and sermons.

Longfellow served as a pastor in Fall River, Massachusetts (1848), Brooklyn's Second Unitarian Church (1853), and Germantown, Pennsylvania (1860). He died in 1892 and is buried in Western Cemetery in Portland's West End.

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion, 1846, edited with Samuel Johnson. The 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


  1. ^ Gura, Philip F. American Transcendentalism: A History. New York: Hill and Wang, 2007: 8. ISBN 0-8090-3477-8

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