Edgar Allan Poe (Maryland attorney general)
Portrait of Poe from Walter Camp's 1894 book, "American Football"
September 15, 1871|
November 29, 1961 (aged 90)|
|Career highlights and awards|
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 for his second cousin, twice removed, the celebrated author Edgar Allan Poe, who died in 1849.
Early life and education
Poe attended Princeton University, where he played varsity football. 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 very first 1889 College Football All-America Team. 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.'"
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 as city solicitor for the Baltimore City before being elected as Attorney General of the State of Maryland, a position he held from 1911 to 1915. As city solicitor, he defended an ordinance that would enshrine segregation between blacks and whites in housing.
In 1895, Poe married Annie T. McKay, and they had a son, Edgar Allan Poe, Jr. His son, who also graduated from Princeton, was severely wounded in World War I while serving as a U.S. Marine Corps second lieutenant in France.
- "Memories of the Poe brothers". Princeton Weekly Bulletin. 2003-10-13.("Edgar Allan Poe 1891 was quarterback and captain in his junior and senior years. He was named All-American in 1889.")
- Floyd Conner (2000). Football's Most Wanted, p. 47. Brassey's. ISBN 978-1-57488-309-1.
- Clayton Colman Hall. "Baltimore, pp. 691-692". Lewis Historical Publishing Co.
- "Hopes to Avenge John Poe" (PDF). New York Times. July 7, 1918. Retrieved 2010-01-22.
- Media related to Edgar Allan Poe (attorney general) at Wikimedia Commons
- About the office and list of Attorneys General of Maryland, from the Maryland Archives.
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