Sarah Josepha Hale
|Sarah Josepha Hale|
|Born||Sarah Josepha Buell
October 24, 1788
|Died||April 30, 1879|
|Notable work(s)||"Mary Had a Little Lamb"|
Sarah Josepha Hale (October 24, 1788 – April 30, 1879) was a 19th century American writer and magazine editor. She wrote the poem "Mary Had a Little Lamb". She campaigned to make Thanksgiving a national holiday, to make Mount Vernon a national shrine, and raised funds to complete the Bunker Hill monument.
Life[change | edit source]
Widowed in 1822, Hale entered the literary field in order to support her children. In 1827, she published Northwood: A Tale of New England. It was one of the first novels to be published by an American woman.
She edited Ladies' Magazine in Boston, Massachusetts, then moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1837 to edit Godey's Lady's Book, the premiere woman's magazine in America. She edited the magazine until 1877. She died in 1879.