For more information on the historical figure, see Henry Wadsworth Longfellow on Wikipedia.

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The rocky ledge runs far into the sea, and on its outer point, some miles away, the lighthouse lifts its massive masonry, A pillar of fire by night, of cloud by day.— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Fallout 3 Official Game Guide p. 656

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (February 27, 1807 – March 24, 1882) was an American poet born in Portland. He was one of the most famous American poets of the 19th century, seeing success both at home and in Europe.


At the age of 15, he enrolled in a college in Brunswick, where he befriended Nathaniel Hawthorne. Encouraged by his professor, he submitted poetry to newspapers and magazines. After graduating, he was offered a job where he toured around Europe studying several languages. He became a professor at Harvard in 1836.


  • A plaque at the Old Corner Bookstore notes that leading American publisher Ticknor and Fields published his works.
  • His poem Paul Revere's Ride is referenced in a plaque at the Old North Church, where Longfellow details the actions of Paul Revere in the American Revolutionary War. In the poem, he describes when Revere prepares a signal to communicate if British forces would be coming by the river or by land, using the phrase "one if by land, two if by sea."


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is mentioned in a quotation from the Fallout 3 Official Game Guide, as well as in Fallout 4 and possibly its add-on Far Harbor.

Behind the scenes

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Old Longfellow, a character and possible companion in the Fallout 4 add-on Far Harbor, could be based on Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

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