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My Lost Youth: Longfellow's Portland, Then and Now

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Mary Storer Potter Longfellow, ca. 1831

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Mary Storer Potter Longfellow, ca. 1831 / Maine Historical Society

AND THE FRIENDSHIPS OLD AND THE EARLY LOVES
COME BACK WITH A SABBATH SOUND, AS OF DOVES
IN QUIET NEIGHBORHOODS

When Longfellow was 24, he married Mary Potter who was 19. They would have known one another as children, but Mary grew into womanhood while Henry was on his first European tour. When they met again as adults, their courtship proceeded rapidly. One of three girls being raised by the widowed Judge Barrett Potter, Mary wed Henry on September 14, 1831 after a year engagement.

 

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