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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow miniature, ca. 1840

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow miniature, ca. 1840 / Maine Historical Society

<strong>Chapter 5, page 144.</strong>

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was a poet, and a member of Maine's cultural elite.

As a boy, Longfellow attended school in Portland. His father, Stephen Longfellow, impressed the importance of education upon all his children from a very young age

In 1875, it was mandated that Maine children spend at least twelve weeks per year in school. This was a burden on the many children who worked to contribute to their family's support.