John Greenleaf Whittier was born on December 17, 1807 in the southwest Parlor of the Whittier Homestead. He was the first son and second child of John and Abigail (Hussey) Whittier. He grew up on the farm in a household with his parents, a brother and two sisters, a maternal aunt and paternal uncle, and a constant flow of visitors and hired hands for the farm.
He attended the local school just up the hill and spent two semesters in the new Haverhill Academy. He was introduced by a teacher to..