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My father and brothers were preachers of note;
Our young Isabella pushed women to vote.
Edward was first chair at Illinois State,
While Catharine taught what should go on our plate.
I helped with their wording, and then, what is more,
The President told me I started a war!
Who was I?
HintThe president in last line is Abraham Lincoln.
AnswerHarriet Beecher Stowe
Lyman Beecher was perhaps the most famous clergyman of the early 19th-century USA. His sons Thomas, Henry, and Charles followed his profession, earning their own reputations. Daughter Isabella was a noted crusader for women's rights. His oldest child, Catharine E. Beecher, founded home economics as a field of study. Another son, Edward, became the first president of Illinois State University.
The most famous of his children, Harriet, collaborated with her siblings at times, and wrote a few items of her own, including "Uncle Tom's Cabin". When she was presented to President Lincoln, he is reported to have greeted her with, "So you are the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war!"
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