Stephen Longfellow

Stephen Longfellow (March 23, 1776 – August 2, 1849)[1] was a U.S. Representative from Maine.

Stephen Longfellow
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maine's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1823 – March 3, 1825
Preceded byMark Harris
Succeeded byJohn Anderson
Personal details
Born(1776-03-23)March 23, 1776
Gorham, Province of Massachusetts Bay, British America
DiedAugust 2, 1849(1849-08-02) (aged 73)
Portland, Maine, U.S.
Resting placeWestern Cemetery, Portland, Maine, U.S.
Political partyFederalist
ChildrenHenry Wadsworth Longfellow


Born in Gorham in the Province of Massachusetts Bay (in what is now Maine) to Stephen Longfellow and Patience Young Longfellow, Longfellow graduated from Harvard University in 1798.[2] He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1801 and commenced practice in Portland, Maine. He married Zilpah Wadsworth in 1804 and, with her, had eight children, including the poets Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Samuel Longfellow.

He served as a member of the general court of Massachusetts in 1814 and 1815. He belonged to the Federalist Party and was a delegate to the Hartford Convention in 1814 and 1815. He also served as a Federalist presidential elector in 1816.

Longfellow was elected as an Adams-Clay Federalist to the Eighteenth Congress (March 4, 1823 – March 3, 1825). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1824 and resumed his law practice for a time.

He served as a member of the state house of representatives in 1826. He served as overseer of Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine from 1811 to 1817 and was a trustee of the college from 1817 to 1836. He supported the Portland Athenaeum.[3][4] One of its founding members, he also served as president of the Maine Historical Society in 1834.

Longfellow died in Portland, Maine on August 2, 1849 and was buried in the Western Cemetery.[5]


  1. ^ "Family of Stephen Longfellow" (PDF). Maine Historical Society. Retrieved January 11, 2020.
  2. ^ "Descendants of Thomas Bragdon". Family Tree Maker. Archived from the original on June 13, 2012.
  3. ^ Eastern Argus, May 16, 1826
  4. ^ Eastern Argus, Jan 25, 1831
  5. ^ "Western Cemetery". Political Graveyard.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maine's 2nd congressional district

March 4, 1823 – March 3, 1825
Succeeded by