According to her website, Harriet Elisabeth Beecher was born June 14, 1811 in Litchfield, CT to the Rev. Lyman Beecher and Roxanna Foote Beecher ; the sixth of 11 children.The Beechers expected their children to shape their world:
- All seven sons became ministers, then the most effective way to influence society
- Oldest daughter Catharine pioneered education for women
- Youngest daughter Isabella was a founder of the National Women’s Suffrage Association
Harriet believed her purpose in life was to write. Her most famous work exposed the truth about the greatest social injustice of her day – human slavery
Harriet Beecher Stowe was born in Litchfield, Connecticut. Her father, Lyman Beecher, was a leading Congregationalist minister and the patriarch of a family committed to social justice. Stowe achieved national fame for her anti-slavery novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, which fanned the flames of sectionalism before the Civil War. Stowe died in Hartford, Connecticut, on July 1, 1896.