Hannah Webster Foster

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Birthday
10, 1758
Birthplace
Salisbury, MA
Death Date
Apr 17, 1840 (81)
Birth Sign
Virgo
Birthday
10, 1758
Birthplace
Salisbury, MA
Death Date
Apr 17, 1840 (81)

About

An American author of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, she is most remembered for her first novel, The Coquette; or, The History of Eliza Wharton, which she published anonymously. In her second work, The Boarding School; or, Lessons of a Preceptress to Her Pupils, she expressed her support for women's education.

Before Fame

She was born into an affluent Massachusetts family and was educated at an all-girls academy.

Trivia

She was one of the first women in America to assert herself as a feminist.

Family Life

She married Rev. John Foster in 1785. Her daughters, Harriet Vaughan Cheney and Eliza Lanesford Cushing, both became writers.

Associated With

Her husband was a graduate of Dartmouth College; football player Ed Healy also attended the Ivy League school.