John Milton Harney

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John Milton Harney (1789–1825) was an American physician and poet.


He was born in Delaware, 9 March 1789. He studied medicine and settled in Kentucky. After the death of his wife in childbirth, he took work with the New York Enquirer.[1]

He then travelled to Europe, accepted a naval appointment, and spent several years in South America.

On his return he edited a paper, the Savannah Georgian.[1] He became a Catholic, joined the Dominicans, then beginning their mission in Kentucky.

He died at Somerset, Kentucky, on 15 January 1825.[2]


He was the author of a number of poems printed in various magazines. In 1816 he published anonymously Crystallina; a Fairy Tale, in Six Cantos.[3] Works published posthumously were The Fever Dream, from his time in Savannah, Georgia, and "Echo and the Lover".[1]


He was the elder brother of William Selby Harney; their father, Thomas Harney, was an officer in the Revolutionary War.[2]

He married Eliza Cooper, daughter of Judge John Rowan. She died in 1815.[4]