JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL was a son of the Rev. Charles Lowell, and was born at Cambridge, Massachusetts, February
22, 1819. He graduated at Harvard College in 1838 as class poet, and went to Harvard Law School, from which he
was graduated in 1840, and commenced the practice of his profession in Boston, but soon gave his undivided attention
to literary labors, Mr. Lowell printed, in 1841, a small volume of poems entitled ''A Year's Life," edited
with Robert Carter; in 1843, "The Pioneer," a literary and critical magazine (monthly), and in 1848 another
book of poems, that contained several directed against slavery. He published in 1844 a volume of "Poems"
and in 1845 "Conversations on Some of the Old Poets," "The Vision of Sir Launfal," ''A Fable
for Critics," and "The Bigelow Papers," the latter satirical Ssays in dialect poetry directed against
slavery and the war with Mexico. In 1851-52 he traveled in Europe and resided in Italy for a considerable time,
and delivered in 1854-55 a course of lectures on the British poets, before the Lowell Institute, Boston. Mr. Lowell
succeeded Longfellow in January, as professor of modern languages and literature at Harvard College, and spent
another year in Europe qualifying himself for that post. He edited the ''Atlantic Monthly" from 1857 to 1862,
and the orth American Review" from 1863 until 1872. From 1864 to 1870 he published the following works: "Fireside
Travels," "Under the Willows," "The Commemoration Ode," in honor of the alumni of Harvard
who had fallen in the Civil war; "The Cathedral," two volumes of essays; "Among My Books" and
"My Study Windows," and in 1867 he published a new series of the "Bigelow Papers." He traveled
extensively in Europe in 1872-74, and received in person the degree of D. C. L. at Oxford and that of LL. D. at
the University of Cambridge, England. He was also interested in political life and held many important offices.
He was United States minister to Spain in 1877 and was also minister to England in 1880-85. On January 2, 1884,
he was elected lord rector of St. Andrew University in Glasgow, Scotland, but soon after he resigned the same.
Mr. Lowell's works enjoy great popularity in the United States and England. He died August 12, 1891.
A Biographical Record
Of Schuyler County, New York
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
New York and Chicago 1903.
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