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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

American “Fireside” Poet


Who was Henry Wadsworth Longfellow?

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was an American poet. He was one of America’s most popular poets during his lifetime and is considered one of the Fireside Poets. The Fireside Poets were a group of 19th century New England poets who were very popular among readers in the United States and overseas. The group’s name derived from the custom of families gathered around the fire at home reading the poems as a source of entertainment.

Famous Kin

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is a descendant of Mayflower passengers Henry Samson, John Alden, John Howland, Richard Warren, William Brewster, and John Tilley. He also is a relatively close relative to a number of signers of the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. These include Rufus King, Josiah Bartlett, Nathaniel Gorham and John Adams, the 2nd U.S. President. Other U.S. presidential kin include John Quincy Adams, Franklin Pierce, Gerald Ford, Ulysses S. Grant, Grover Cleveland, Zachary Taylor, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Calvin Coolidge, Richard Nixon, and both Presidents Bush.

Fellow poets who are kin to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow include Ralph Waldo Emerson, Oliver Wendell Holmes, William Cullen Bryant, and Henry David Thoreau. Other literary kin include Louisa May Alcott, Louis Auchincloss, Clarence Day, Laura Ingalls-Wilder, Thomas Pynchon, and John Steinbeck. Some of the celebrities in his family tree include actor Richard Gere, Sports Illustrated cover model Hannah Davis, actor Henry Fonda, actress Shirley Temple, actor Humphrey Bogart, singer and songwriter Harry Chapin, actor James Spader, actor Zac Efron, and many others.


Some of the most recently added connections of famous kin for Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Milton Bradley

Founder, Milton Bradley Company

5th cousin 1 time removed
via John Webster

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E. C. Segar

Cartoonist (Popeye creator)

6th cousin 2 times removed
via John Alden

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Sprague Grayden

TV and Movie Actress

7th cousin 4 times removed
via Henry Howland

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Sprague Grayden

TV and Movie Actress

5th cousin 4 times removed
via Henry Samson

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Linda Ronstadt

Singer and Songwriter

5th cousin 5 times removed
via Edward Griswold

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Ellie Kemper

TV and Movie Actress

5th cousin 5 times removed
via Henry Sewall (III)

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Maj. Gen. Leonard Wood

Leader of the Rough Riders

6th cousin 2 times removed
via Richard Warren

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Endicott Peabody

62nd Governor of Massachusetts

7th cousin 4 times removed
via William Brewster

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James Merrill

Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet

6th cousin 3 times removed
via John Alden

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Sarah Palin

9th Governor of Alaska

6th cousin 5 times removed
via Edward Shepard

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Michael Bennet

U.S. Senator from Colorado

6th cousin 5 times removed
via Edward Shepard

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Lewis Henry Morgan

Pioneering Anthropologist

7th cousin
via William Brewster

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David Hartman

TV Actor and Host

5th cousin 4 times removed
via John Gorham

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Gretchen Mol

TV and Movie Actress

7th cousin 5 times removed
via William Brewster

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Gretchen Mol

TV and Movie Actress

5th cousin 6 times removed
via Rev. John Lothrop

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Gretchen Mol

TV and Movie Actress

5th cousin 6 times removed
via John Gorham

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Rob Schneider

Comedian, TV and Movie Actor

5th cousin 5 times removed
via Thomas Wiswall

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Harry Chapin

Singer and Songwriter

4th cousin 5 times removed
via James Gorham

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Morrison Waite

7th Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

7th cousin
via William Collier

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Morrison Waite

7th Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

6th cousin
via George Griswold

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Daniel Burnham

World's Columbian Expo Architect

5th cousin 2 times removed
via William Pabodie

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Mark Hopkins, Jr.

Co-founder, Central Pacific R.R.

5th cousin 1 time removed
via William Pabodie

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Mark Hopkins, Jr.

Co-founder, Central Pacific R.R.

5th cousin
via John Gorham

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George H. W. Bush

41st U.S. President

5th cousin 6 times removed
via Thomas Huckins

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George W. Bush

43rd U.S. President

5th cousin 7 times removed
via Thomas Huckins

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