It was on this date, February 27, 1807, that American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was born. He is best known for his poems “The Song of Hiawatha” (1855), “The Courtship of Miles Standish” (1858) and “Paul Revere’s Ride” (1860). Although Longfellow is typically described as a Christian, his fellow poet and friend William Dean Howells (also born this week – 1837) writes, “I think that as he grew older his hold upon anything like a creed weakened, though he remained of the Unitarian philosophy concerning Christ.” Unitarians, of course, see Jesus as a man, not a god…
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Originally published February 2003 by Ronald Bruce Meyer.
When emphasizing his sincerity, Gaines would declare, "On my honor as an atheist..."