The Port Folio

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The Port Folio
Port Folio Magazine Cover Page.jpg
Cover sheet of an 1804 issue
Editor Joseph Dennie, Asbury Dickens, Paul Allen, and Nicholas Biddle
Categories Politics and literature
Frequency Weekly
Year founded 1800
First issue January 3, 1801
Country United States
Based in Philadelphia

The Port Folio was a Philadelphia literary and political magazine, published 1801–1812 by Joseph Dennie and Asbury Dickens. Dennie wrote under the pen name of Oliver Oldschool. Many other contributors to the magazine wrote under pseudonyms, including members of the Federalist Party.[1] Paul Allen (February 15, 1775 – August 18, 1826), a graduate of Brown University, was hired about 1800 as an editor.[2] After Dennie's death in 1812, Nicholas Biddle, who was already a literary contributor and patron, became editor, but only until 1814. Charles Jared Ingersoll, a non-practicing lawyer, was also a contributor and patron.[3]


  1. ^ Kerber, Linda K. Kerber; Walter John Morris (1966–07). "Politics and Literature: The Adams Family and the Port Folio". William and Mary Quarterly. Third Series 23 (3): 450–476. JSTOR 1919240. "The most influential of early American magazines was the Port Folio, a journal of politics and literature published in Philadelphia by Joseph Dennie and Asbury Dickens between 1801 and 1812." 
  2. ^ Cutright, Paul Russell (July 1982). Contributions of Philadelphia to Lewis and Clark History. Portland, Oregon: Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, Inc. pp. 33–35. ISBN 0-9678887-0-0. "Paul Allen (1775–1826), a graduate of Brown University, had obtained employment with Port Folio" after coming to Philadelphia in about 1800." 
  3. ^ Burt, Nathaniel (1999). The Perennial Philadelphians: The Anatomy of an American Aristocracy. University of Pennsylvania Press. pp. 370–371. ISBN 0-8122-1693-8. 
  • Ellis, Harold Milton. Joseph Dennie and His Circle: A Study in American Literature from 1792 to 1812. Bulletin of the University of Texas, No. 40; Studies in English No. 3. Austin, TX: University of Texas, July 15, 1915; Rept. N.Y.: AMS Press, 1971. 285 pages.