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James Hyman Causten, Sr.

(Born: July 26, 1788 - Died: October 28, 1874)

American lawyer. Born in Baltimore. He moved to Washington, DC in 1832, his final residence being a town house at 1428 F Street, northwest. Having served as a soldier in the War of 1812, he was later a consul for the republics of Chili and Ecuador. He was also an agent for French spoilation claims. He married Eliza Myer (1792-July 27, 1856), the daughter of Thomas Myer, of Baltimore, about 1817. She died at Weston Farm, near Georgetown. Their eldest son, Dr. James Hyman Causten, Jr., was a prominent medical doctor in DC (who died in 1856). The Caustens are buried in the family vault in the Congressional Cemetery, Washington, DC.


  • Anonymous, Obituary of J. H. Causten, Evening Star, October 29, 1874

  • Heartman, Charles F. and James R. Canny, A Bibliography of First Printings of the Writings of Edgar Allan Poe, Hattiesburg, MS: The Book Farm, 1943.
  • 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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