Ellen Clementine Howarth

Ellen Clementine HowarthEllen Clementine Howarth (1827-1899) was born in Cooperstown, NY, the daughter of a calico-printer. After her marriage in 1845 to an English calico printer, she and her husband settled in Trenton where they struggled to make a living, and she helped support the family by caning chairs. Howarth wrote her poems around the edges of her hard-working life, keeping a pencil and paper nearby in case inspiration came while she was doing the laundry or other chores. “The Tress of Golden Hair” and other Howarth poems have been set to music by contemporary New Jersey composer Godfrey Schroth.

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