First wife of poet James Russell Lowell, from daguerreotype taken in Philadelphia, 1844. Maria Lowell was a poetess herself. She became heavily involved in the temperance movement and was a supporter of women's rights. On November 6, 1839, she was one of the local women who attended the first "conversation" organized by women's rights advocate Margaret Fuller. White, who become involved in movements against intemperance and slavery, joined the Boston Female Anti-Slavery Society and persuaded Lowell to become an abolitionist. Frail, delicate, and plagued by ill health throughout her life, Maria White Lowell died on October 27, 1853 at the age of 32 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is buried with her husband in Mount Auburn Cemetery.