Born in New Bedford, Massachusetts, Rebecca Hammond moved with her family to Woodstock, Vermont when she was seven years old. She became a schoolteacher at age fourteen. In 1820, she published her first volume of poetry, Miscellaneous Poems on Moral and Religious Subjects, and moved from Vermont to Indiana, where she continued to earn her living as a teacher. Three years after her removal to Indiana, she published The Banks of the Ohio, a poetic history of the Ohio River and the surrounding regions. In addition to working as a teacher and pursuing her career as a writer, Rebecca Hammond Lard raised four children who depended on her for financial support.


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— — —. Miscellaneous Poems on Moral and Religious Subjects. Woodstock: Printed by David Watson, 1820.