district, however, for fourteen years in the national Congress.
Through the Wadsworths and Bartletts, the poet could trace his descent to not less than four of the Mayflower
pilgrims, including Elder Brewster
and Captain John Alden
, the poet's grandfather, is described as having been ‘a fine-looking gentleman with the bearing of the old school; an erect, portly figure, rather tall; wearing, almost to the close of his life, the old-style dress,—long skirted waistcoat, small-clothes, and white-topped boots, his hair tied behind in a club, with black ribbon.’
was described by his daughter as ‘a man of middle size, well proportioned, with a military air, and who carried himself so truly that men thought him tall.
His dress a bright scarlet coat, buff small-clothes and vest, full ruffled bosom, ruffles over the hands, white stockings, shoes with silver buckles, white cravat with bow in front, hair well powdered and tied behind in a club, so called.’
The poet was eminently well descended, both on the father's and mother's side, according to the simple provincial standard of those days.
and his young wife lived for a time in a brick house built by General Wadsworth
, and still known as ‘the Longfellow house
;’ but it was during a temporary