Jackson, Helen Hunt

Jackson, Helen Hunt (1830 - 1885)


Helen Fiske, born in Amherst, Mass., took her two last names from her husbands. She married Edward Bissell Hunt first, was widowed young, in 1865, and shortly afterwards had lost both sons from that marriage as well. Ten years later, she married a quaker, William Sharpless Jackson and lived in Colorado Springs with him. Helen was a long-time friend of Emily Dickinson and, besides becoming much more famous than her friend as a poet, produced many novels, including Ramona (1884). It dealt with the white man's subjugation of the native American indian, whose cause she energetically championed for much of the later part of her life. See her A Century of Dishonor: A Sketch of the United States Government's Dealings with some of the Indian Tribes (New York: Harper, 1881; HUS. J127c Robarts Library), and Report of Mrs. Helen Hunt Jackson and Abbot Kinney on the Mission Indians in 1883 (Boston: Stanley and Usher, 1887; Pam E 78 C15 J3 Victoria College Archives).

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Helen Hunt
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Birth Date
October 18, 1830
Death Date
August 12, 1885
  • Ipswich Female Seminary

  • Abbott Institute

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