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John Bisco

(Born: October 9, 1808 - Died: Feb. 7, 1895)

Publisher of the Broadway Journal. Trow's New York City Directory (in editions for May 1, 1857 - May 1, 1865) lists him as a real estate agent. He is listed in the US Cenus for June 1870, where his age is given as 61 and the location of his birth as Massacheusetts. He is no longer listed in Trow's for 1872. His papers were left to Mr. Sidney Fisher, another real estate agent in New York City. There is an obituary for Bisco in the New York Times, Feb. 8, 1895. It states that he was born in Spencer, MA., and that he married Letitia Moore Lee (1816-1892). They had four daughters. In his final years, he lived at 238 East 23rd Street. According to the Times article, he became a real estate agent following the demise of the Broadway Journal. Prior to moving to New York, he had been a school teacher in Spencer, MA and Woodbridge, NJ. His parents were Jacob Bisco and Sarah Draper Bisco.


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  • Mabbott, Thomas Ollive, ed., The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe (Vols 2-3 Tales and Sketches), Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1978. (Second printing 1979)
  • Thomas, Dwight and David K. Jackson, The Poe Log: A Documentary Life of Edgar Allan Poe 1809-1849, Boston: G. K. Hall & Sons, 1987.

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