by George J. Dance


Harriet Maxwell Converse (1836-1903). Courtesy Minstrel Banjo.

Harriet Maxwell Converse (1836-1903) was an American poet.[1]


Harriet Maxwell was born in Elmira, New York. She married Frank Converse, and the couple settled in New York City around 1866. Converse, a critically well-received poet, became increasingly interested in the Iroquois people of the Six Nations in upstate New York. She was adopted by the Snipe Clan of the Seneca nation, and later confirmed as a Seneca chief, the first white woman to hold that position.[2]


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Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[6]

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  1. Harriet Maxwell Converse 1836-1903, Poetry Foundation, Web, Aug. 25, 2012.
  2. Harriet Maxwell Converse, New York State Literary Tree, New York State Council on the Arts. Web, Aug. 25, 2012.
  3. Sheaves: a collection of poems (1882), Internet Archive, Web, Aug. 25, 2012.
  4. The Ho-de'-no-sau-nee: the Confederacy of the Iroquois (the Six Nations): A poem, Internet Archive. Web, July 24, 2013.
  5. Myths and legends of the New York state Iroquois (1908), Internet Archive, Web, Aug. 25, 2012.
  6. Search results = au:Harriet Maxwell Converse, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, July 24, 2013.

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