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Edgar Allan Poe (Maryland attorney general)

Portrait of Poe from Walter Camp's 1894 book, "American Football"
Date of birth: September 15, 1871
Date of death: November 29, 1961
Career information
Position(s): Quarterback
College: Princeton University
Organizations
Career highlights and awards
Honors: All-American, 1889

Edgar Allan Poe (September 15, 1871 – November 29, 1961) was Attorney General of the State of Maryland from 1911 to 1915. He was born in Baltimore, the son of former Maryland Attorney General John Prentiss Poe. He was named after his granduncle, the celebrated poet Edgar Allan Poe, who died in 1849.[1][2]

Poe attended Princeton University, and played varsity football there. He was the quarterback of the 1889 team, which finished with a perfect 10-0 record. After that season, Poe was named the quarterback of the 1889 College Football All-America Team—the first such team selected. After Princeton beat Harvard, 41-15, a Harvard man reportedly asked a Princeton alumnus whether Poe was related to the great Edgar Allan Poe. According to the story, "the alumnus looked at him in astonishment and replied, 'He is the great Edgar Allan Poe.'"[1]

Poe graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1891 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He next attended law school at the University of Maryland, where he received a law degree in 1893. After traveling for more than a year in Europe, Poe joined his father and brothers in the family's law firm, John P. Poe & Sons. He was appointed as the Deputy State's Attorney for Baltimore in 1900, a position he held until 1903. He also served as deputy city solicitor and city solicitor for the City of Baltimore before being elected as Attorney General of the State of Maryland, a position he held from 1911 to 1915.[3]

In 1895, Poe married Annie T. McKay, and they had a son, Edgar Allan Poe, Jr. His son, also a Princeton graduate, was severely wounded in World War I while serving as a U.S. Marine Corps second lieutenant in France.[4]

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References

  1. ^ a b "Memories of the Poe brothers". Princeton Weekly Bulletin. 2003-10-13. http://www.princeton.edu/pr/pwb/03/1013/2n.shtml.  ("Edgar Allan Poe 1891 was quarterback and captain in his junior and senior years. He was named All-American in 1889.")
  2. ^ Floyd Conner (2000). Football's Most Wanted, p. 47. Brassey's. http://books.google.com/books?id=70WyLIsE5wcC.  
  3. ^ Clayton Colman Hall. "Baltimore, pp. 691-692". Lewis Historical Publishing Co.. http://books.google.com/books?id=pPZom7xkp3gC.  
  4. ^ http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=9F00E2D7103BEE3ABC4F53DFB1668383609EDE
Preceded by
Isaac Lobe Straus
Attorney General of Maryland
1911—1915
Succeeded by
Albert C. Ritchie
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Edgar Allan Poe
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Portrait of Poe from Walter Camp's 1894 book, "American Football"
Career information
Position(s): Quarterback
College: Princeton University
Organizations
Career highlights and awards
Honors: All-American, 1889

Edgar Allan Poe (September 15, 1871 – November 29, 1961) was Attorney General of the State of Maryland from 1911 to 1915. He was born in Baltimore, the son of former Maryland Attorney General John Prentiss Poe. He was named after his second cousin, twice removed, the celebrated poet Edgar Allan Poe, who died in 1849.[1][2]

Poe attended Princeton University, and played varsity football there. He was the quarterback of the 1889 team, which finished with a perfect 10-0 record. After that season, Poe was named the quarterback of the 1889 College Football All-America Team—the first such team selected. After Princeton beat Harvard, 41-15, a Harvard man reportedly asked a Princeton alumnus whether Poe was related to the great Edgar Allan Poe. According to the story, "the alumnus looked at him in astonishment and replied, 'He is the great Edgar Allan Poe.'"[1]

Poe graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1891 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He next attended law school at the University of Maryland, where he received a law degree in 1893. After traveling for more than a year in Europe, Poe joined his father and brothers in the family's law firm, John P. Poe & Sons. He was appointed as the Deputy State's Attorney for Baltimore in 1900, a position he held until 1903. He also served as deputy city solicitor and city solicitor for the City of Baltimore before being elected as Attorney General of the State of Maryland, a position he held from 1911 to 1915.[3]

In 1895, Poe married Annie T. McKay, and they had a son, Edgar Allan Poe, Jr. His son, also a Princeton graduate, was severely wounded in World War I while serving as a U.S. Marine Corps second lieutenant in France.[4]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Memories of the Poe brothers". Princeton Weekly Bulletin. 2003-10-13. http://www.princeton.edu/pr/pwb/03/1013/2n.shtml. ("Edgar Allan Poe 1891 was quarterback and captain in his junior and senior years. He was named All-American in 1889.")
  2. ^ Floyd Conner (2000). Football's Most Wanted, p. 47. Brassey's. ISBN 9781574883091. http://books.google.com/books?id=70WyLIsE5wcC. 
  3. ^ Clayton Colman Hall. "Baltimore, pp. 691-692". Lewis Historical Publishing Co.. http://books.google.com/books?id=pPZom7xkp3gC. 
  4. ^ "Hopes to Avenge John Poe" (PDF). New York Times. July 7, 1918. http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=9F00E2D7103BEE3ABC4F53DFB1668383609EDE. Retrieved 2010-01-22. 

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Preceded by
Isaac Lobe Straus
Attorney General of Maryland
1911—1915
Succeeded by
Albert C. Ritchie

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