On June 14, 1811, author Harriet Beecher Stowe was born in Litchfield. The daughter of Reverend Lyman Beecher, Harriet was educated at the Litchfield Female Academy and the Hartford Female Seminary, founded by her sister Catharine, where she eventually taught composition from 1829 to 1832. The writer and her husband Calvin Stowe, a minister and teacher, lived in Hartford’s Nook Farm neighborhood, which was also home to writer Mark Twain.
Over the course of her writing career, Stowe published more than 30 books–from children’s textbooks, to advice books on childrearing and homemaking, to biographies and titles on religious studies. Her first book was Primary Geography for Children, on an Improved Plan and her best-selling title was the controversial anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, one of the most influential novels written in America.