Sarah Josepha Hale

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Birthday
24, 1788
Birthplace
Newport, NH
Death Date
Apr 30, 1879 (90)
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
24, 1788
Birthplace
Newport, NH
Death Date
Apr 30, 1879 (90)

About

Early American writer who is remembered for penning the "Mary Had a Little Lamb" nursery rhyme. She also wrote a poetry volume titled "The Genius of Oblivion."

Before Fame

She worked as a grade school teacher before starting her career as a writer and editor. She published her first novel, "Northwood: Life North and South," in 1827.

Trivia

She played an influential role in turning Thanksgiving into a recognized American holiday.

Family Life

She married David Hale on October 23, 1813. The couple subsequently had five children: David, Horatio, Frances, Sarah, and William.

Associated With

She published the work of Frances Osgood while working as an editor for Godey's Lady Book.