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John Davis Long

Maine & Massachusetts


[Library of Congress]

"Hon. John D. Long, the thirty-second governor of Massachusetts . . . was born in Buckfield, Me., Oct. 27, 1838, the youngest of four children. To his father, Zadoc Long [also a poet] John was largely indebted for his scholarly training and moral guidance. [Long] had an early fondness for books, and his systematic methods of study enabled him, at the age of nine, to enter Hebron Academy. He gained admittance to Harvard College at the age of fourteen, and at once took high rank. He was the author of the class ode, sung on Commencement day. [He graduated from Harvard i n1857.] After leaving college, Mr. Long was Principal of the time-honored Westford Academy two years . . . . After a two years stay, his ambition led him to try his fortunes in Boston . . . . Making his home in Hingham, in 1875 he was elected to represent the Second Plymouth District in the Legislature; re-elected in 1976; Speaker of the House for two successive years; Lieutenant-Governor in 1878, and Governor from 1879 until 1883; Member of Congress for 48th, 49th and 50th Congresses. . . . Mr. Long was a contributor to the press at an early age; he published a translation of Virgil's Aeneid in Boston, in 1879, and a volume of original poems—"Rites of a Cherry," dedicated to his father. Both books were very favorably received. His inaugurals and public addresses abound in graceful diction . . . . "

[George Bancroft Griffith (ed.), The Poets of Maine 609 (Portland, Maine: Elwell, Pickard & Co., 1888)]

John Davis Long


John Davis Long, Bites of a Cherry (Boston: Lee & Shepard, 1872)

_____________, The Sardine Club: Idyls (Boston: J. Gribben [printer], 1874)

_____________, At the Fireside (Hingham, Massachusetts: Village Press, 1905)(Boston: A. H. Hall, 1914)

Poetry Translations

The Aeneid of Virgil (Boston: Lockwood, Brooks & Co., 1879)(J.D. Long trans.)(Boston: Joseph Knight, 3rd ed., 1879)(Boston: Lockwood, Brooks & Company, 1881)(Boston: L.C. Page, 1900)


Lawrence Shaw Mayo (ed.), America of Yesterday, as reflected in the Journal of John Davis Long (Boston: Atlantic Monthly Press, 1923)

Margaret Long (ed.), Journal (Rindge, New Hampshire: Richard R. Smith Publisher, 1956)


John Davis Long, After-Dinner and Other Speeches (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1895) [online text] (Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1897)(Freeport, New York: Books for Libraries Press 1972)


Gardner Weld Allen (ed.), Papers of John Davis Long 1897-1904 (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1939)


John Davis Long, No Distinction of Sex in the Right to Vote (Boston: American Woman Suffrage Association, 1885)(Boston: American Woman Suffrage Association, 1889)(Philadelphia: A.J. Ferris, 1898)

_____________ (ed.), The Republican Party: Its History, Principles, and Policies (New York: M.W. Hazen Co., 1888)(Boston: Smythe, 1888)(Boston: D.L. Guernsey & Co., 1888)(Chicago, Borland & Co., 1888)(Chicago: H.J. Smith, 1888)(Pittsburgh: Whitemore, Morgan & Wilson, 1888)(Elmira, New York: J. M. Losie, 1888)(Springfield, Massachusetts: Winter and Co., 1888)(Hartford, Connecticut: American Pub. Co., 1888)(New York: M.W. Hazen Co., 1896) [online text] (New York: M. W. Hazen Co., 1900)

_____________, United States Merchant Marine on the Oceans: Don't Give Up the Ship (Cleveland, Ohio: Marine Review, 1899)

_____________ (ed.), Famous Battles by Land and Sea (Boston: Hall and Locke Company, 1902) [online text] (Chicago: Charles E. Knapp; Auxiliary Educational League, 1929)(Chicago: Auxiliary Educational League, 1943)

_____________, The New American Navy (New York: The Outlook Company, 1903)(2 vols.) [vol. 2: online text] (New York: Arno Press, 1979)

_____________, Abraham Lincoln (Boston: W.B. Clarke Company, 1909)

_____________ et. al, The American Business Encyclopędia and Legal Adviser (Boston: J.B. Millet Co., 1913)(5 vols.)(John Davis Long served as one of the editor's-in-chief)

Essays & Articles

John D. Long, "China," in G. Waldo Browne (ed.), 4 The New America and the Far East; a Picturesque and Historic Description of These Lands and Peoples 739-964 (Boston: Marshall Jones Co., 1907)

Research Resources

Papers of John Davis Long, 1897-1904
Massachusetts Historical Society
Boston, Massachusetts

Papers of Helen Long, 1876-1901: Verses and Prose
Old Colony Library Network, Massachusetts
[Includes verse, letters and journal entries of John D. Long and his daughters
Helen and Margaret Long]

Dartmouth College
Hanover, New Hampshire
[Four line poem, signed and dated May 3d, 1893]