Howe, Julia Ward. American author. Born in New York City, May 27, 1819. A philanthropist, interested especially in woman's suffrage, she was the wife of Dr. Samuel G. Howe, the philanthropist, and with him edited the anti-slavery journal, the "Boston Commonwealth." She is best known as the author of the "Battle Hymn of the Republic," written during a visit to the camps near Washington. Died 1910.