James Matthews Legaré

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Circa 1855

James Matthews Legaré (November 26, 1823 – March 30, 1859) was an American poet and failed inventor.

Legaré was born on November 26, 1823, in Charleston, South Carolina. He was a relative of Hugh S. Legaré. He was by profession an inventor, but whose ill health prevented the commercialization of his devices. He contributed poetry to magazines, and published a single volume, Orta-Undis and other poems in 1848.[1] Orta-undis means "sprung from water".

Legaré died on March 30, 1859, in Aiken, South Carolina.


  1. ^ Southern Life in Southern Literature by Maurice Garland Fulton


  • Curtis Carroll Davis, That Ambitious Mr. Legaré: The Life of James M. Legaré of South Carolina, Including a Collected Edition of His Verse, (University of South Carolina Press, 1971), ISBN 0-87249-166-8.

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