Harriet was born
in Litchfield, Connecticut, the seventh child of a famous protestant
preacher. Harriet's mother died when she was five years old. Her
father remarried a year later. When Harriet was twelve, she went
to Hartford, where her sister Catherine had opened a school. Sometimes
she was a little absent minded, but she was an excellent writer.
In 1832 Harriet
moved with her parents to Cincinnati, Ohio. She met and married
Professor Calvin E. Stowe. Over time they had seven children. Harriet
helped support her family by writing religious articles, poems,
biographies, children's books, and fiction books for adults. Her
first and most famous book was Uncle Tom's Cabin. That book
made people think about how bad slavery was for the black people
in our country. Harriet met many famous people in her lifetime.
During the Civil War she even had a chance to meet President Abraham
Lincoln who greeted her with the words, "So you are the little
woman who wrote the book that started this great war!"