Hamilton, Gail, 1833-1896

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Author; b. Mary Abigail Dodge.

From the description of Correspondence, 1849-1893. (Lewis & Clark Library). WorldCat record id: 31327028

Pen name of American author Mary Abigail Dodge.

From the description of Papers of Gail Hamilton [manuscript] 1862-1895. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647812158

Gail Hamilton was born Mary Abigail Dodge on March 31, 1833, in Hamilton, Massachusetts to Hannah Stanwood and James Brown Dodge. She graduated from Ipswich Female Seminary in 1850 and taught there until 1854. She then taught at Hartford Female Seminary, founded by Catherine Beecher, and then finally at Hartford High School. In 1858 she went to Washington, D.C. as a governess to Gamaliel Bailey's children. There she established herself as a writer. She returned to Hamilton from 1860-1868 to care for her mother. During this period she became very close to John Greenleaf Whittier. In 1871 she began spending winters in the household of House Speaker James G. Blaine, and many believe she wrote his speeches. She died on August 12, 1896, in Hamilton.

From the guide to the Hamilton correspondence MS 0545., 1849-1893., (Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections)

Author Mary Abigail Dodge, better known as "Gail Hamilton," was born in Hamilton, Mass., the youngest child of James and Hannah Stanwood Dodge. For biographical information, see Notable American Women, 1607-1950 (1971).

From the description of Letters, 1895, n.d. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 232007092

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creatorOf Hamilton, Gail, 1833-1896. [Letter, 1866]. Boston Athenaeum
creatorOf Hamilton, Gail, 1833-1896. Correspondence, 1849-1893. Mount Holyoke College, Williston & Miles-Smith Library
referencedIn Lutz, Alma,. Collection of documents by and about abolitionists and women's rights activists: Part 1 (Ad-Lip), 1775-1943 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Larcom, Lucy, 1824-1893. Letter [manuscript] : Beverly, Mass., to Susan Hayes Ward, 1865 September 4. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Hamilton, Gail, 1833-1896. Autograph letter signed : Hamilton, to Mrs. Hawthorne, 1868 Aug. 11. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Sophia Smith Collection. Women's Rights Collection, 1789-1999 (ongoing) (bulk 1846-1983). Smith College, Neilson Library
creatorOf Ticknor, firm, publishers. Cheque, 1864 Jan. 26, Boston, payable to Miss M.A. Dodge / Ticknor & Fields. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Beecher family. Beecher-Stowe family papers, 1798-1956 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
creatorOf Hamilton, Gail, 1833-1896. Autobiographical sketch, ca.1890. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Hamilton, Gail, 1833-1896. Papers of Gail Hamilton [manuscript] 1862-1895. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Hamilton, Gail, 1833-1896. Letters, 1895, n.d. Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
creatorOf Dodge, Mary Abigail, 1833-1896. Mary Abigail Dodge letter to [James] Redpath : Hamilton, Mass., 1886 May 4. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Severance, Caroline M. Seymour (Caroline Maria Seymour), 1820-1914. Letter to Miss Larcom, July 27 / C.M. Severance. University of Wisconsin - Madison, General Library System
referencedIn Strickland, Edward F.,. Autograph collection, 1780-1918 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Women's Rights Collection MS 397., 1789-2000, 1864-1983 Sophia Smith Collection
creatorOf Dodge, Mary Abigail, 1833-1896. Mary Abigail Dodge papers, 1856-1877. Library of Congress
referencedIn Phelps, Elizabeth Stuart, 1844-1911. Letters, 1867-1888 [manuscript]. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Hamilton, Gail, 1833-1896. Things one might have said differently : [holograph article] ; letter to My dear Mr. Johnson, Dec. 13, 1870, Hamilton, Mass. ; note to "Dear friend" ; letter to "My dear little girl" ; letter to Mr. Wood, Hamilton, Mass., July 5, 1865 / Gail Hamilton. University of Wisconsin - Madison, General Library System
creatorOf Hamilton correspondence MS 0545., 1849-1893. Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections
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associatedWith Arthur, Chester Alan, 1829-1886. person
associatedWith Bailey, Gamaliel, Mrs., fl. 1862. person
associatedWith Beale, Harriet S. Blaine. person
associatedWith Beale, Harriet S. Blaine, 1828-1903. person
associatedWith Beecher, Catharine Esther, 1800-1878. person
associatedWith Beecher family. family
associatedWith Blaine, James Gillespie, 1830-1893 person
associatedWith Bok, Edward William, 1863-1930 person
associatedWith Boston herald. Editor, corporateBody
associatedWith Bridgman, H.S., Mrs., person
associatedWith Buell, Don Carlos, 1818-1898. person
associatedWith Cowles, Eunice C. (Eunice Caldwell), 1811-1903 person
associatedWith Dodge, Mary Abigail, 1833-1896 person
associatedWith Estes and Lariat, corporateBody
associatedWith Estes, Dana, 1840-1909, person
associatedWith Fields, James Thomas, 1817-1881. person
associatedWith Garfield, James A. (James Abram), 1831-1881. person
associatedWith Hartford Female Seminary (Hartford, Conn.) corporateBody
associatedWith Hawthorne, Sophia Peabody, 1809-1871, person
associatedWith Hershel, Caroline. person
associatedWith Hooker, Joseph, 1814-1879. person
associatedWith Independent. person
associatedWith Ingersoll, Robert Green, 1833-1899. person
associatedWith Lanigan, Alice G., fl. 1891, person
associatedWith Larcom, Lucy, 1824-1893. person
associatedWith Lariat, Charles E., fl. 1876, person
associatedWith Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 person
associatedWith Lutz, Alma, person
associatedWith McClellan, George Brinton, 1826-1885. person
associatedWith Ouida, 1839-1908. person
associatedWith Phelps, Elizabeth Stuart, 1844-1911. person
associatedWith Pillsbury, Parker, 1809-1898. person
associatedWith Pinel, Philippe, 1745-1826. person
associatedWith Raymond, Henry J. (Henry Jarvis), 1820-1869. person
associatedWith Redpath, James, 1833-1891, person
associatedWith Reich, Lorenz, Jr, person
associatedWith Scheffer, Ary, 1795-1858. person
associatedWith Scott, Winfield, 1786-1866. person
associatedWith Severance, Caroline M. Seymour (Caroline Maria Seymour), 1820-1914. person
associatedWith Spaulding, S.J., fl. 1862-1873. person
associatedWith Spencer, James Monroe, Mrs., person
associatedWith Spofford, Harriet Elizabeth Prescott, 1835-1921. person
associatedWith Stanton, Edwin McMasters, 1814-1869. person
associatedWith Stowe, C. E. (Calvin Ellis), 1802-1886. person
associatedWith Strickland, Edward F., person
associatedWith Talcott, Seldon Haines, 1842-1902, person
associatedWith Tennyson, Alfred Tennyson, Baron, 1809-1892. person
associatedWith Ticknor, firm, publishers. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Customs House (Boston, Mass.) corporateBody
associatedWith University of Wisconsin--Madison. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections. corporateBody
associatedWith Ward, William Hayes, 1835-1916, person
associatedWith Warner, Elizabeth Gillette Lilly, fl. 1880, person
associatedWith Warner family. family
associatedWith Warner, George H., 1833-1919. person
associatedWith Welling, James C. (James Clarke), 1825-1894. person
associatedWith Whipple, John, fl. 1862. person
associatedWith Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1807-1892. person
associatedWith Wilson, Henry, 1812-1875. person
associatedWith Wood, Mr. person
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Hartford (Conn.)
United States - Politics and government - 19th century.
United States
United States
Hartford (Conn.) - Description and travel.
Washington (D.C.) - Social life and customs.
Washington (D.C.)
Washington (D.C.) - Description and travel.
Clergy--19th century
Authors and publishers
Civil service
Women--United States--Social conditions--Sources
Women teachers--Correspondence
Women authors, American - 19th century--Correspondence
Women--Social conditions--Sources
Breech-loading rifle
Women's rights
Autobiographies--Women authors
Women teachers--Connecticut--Correspondence
Authors, American
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Yellow fever--1881
Women authors
Spiritual life Christianity
Authors, American--19th century--Correspondence
American literature--Women authors
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Birth 1833

Death 1896


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