Happy Birthday, Harriet Beecher Stowe!

In celebration of the birthday of Harriet Beecher Stowe, we would like to share with you a few items in our digital collection.

But, first, a little taste of history—

On June 14, 1811, Harriet Elisabeth Beecher was born in Litchfield, Connecticut, to Lyman and Roxana Beecher.

At the age of 21, Miss Beecher moved to Cincinnati, to join her father, the president of the Lane Theological Seminary.  Miss Beecher’s time in Cincinnati is largely believed to have influenced her seminal novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

While in Cincinnati, Miss Beecher was a member of the Semi-Colon Club, a literary and social club whose members included the Beecher sisters, Caroline Lee Hentz, Salmon P. Chase, and Emily Blackwell.

The Semi-Colon Club still meets today at the Harriet Beecher Stowe House located at the corner of Gilbert and Foraker Avenues in Walnut Hills, as well as currently on Zoom. For more information on upcoming meetings, check here.

As mentioned in a previous HCLL blog post, the Harriet Beecher Stowe House also hosts a number of discussion groups, lectures, and family programs for all different kinds of interests.

Ms. Beecher met her future husband, Rev. Calvin Ellis Stowe, in the literary club at Lane Theological Seminary.

The rest, as they say, is history.

So, in celebration of Mrs. Harriet Beecher Stowe’s birthday, we would like to highlight a couple of her novels that are available to Hamilton County Law Library subscribers in their entirety, via HeinOnline.**


Uncle Tom’s Cabin,  and

The Minister’s Wooing

HeinOnline also has made available:

Life and Letters of Oliver Wendell Holmes, by John T. Morse, Jr. (which includes letters Justice Holmes wrote to Harriet Beecher Stowe)

**This benefit is reserved for solo attorneys and 100% subscribing firms. HeinOnline also requires that subscribing firms have fewer than 50 attorneys for remote access.

Please feel free to contact us if you would like to learn more about how to access the digital versions of these books.




Citing, Tonkovic, Nicole. Domesticity with a Difference: The Nonfiction of Catharine Beecher, Sarah J. Hale, Fanny Fern, and Margaret Fuller.  University Press of Mississippi, 1997.