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William Jewett Pabodie

(Born: April 11, 1813 - Died: November 17, 1870)

He was born in Providence, RI, the 8th and final child of William Pabodie, by his second wife, Jane Jewett. (The Universal Pronouncing of Biography and Mythology, by Joseph Thomas, 1901, says that Pabodie was born about 1812. Various other sources state that he was born about 1815. Griswold's Poets and Poetry of America, 1843, states that Pabodie was born "about 1812.") He was a practising lawyer, having been admitted to the bar in the spring of 1837. He never married, and had no children.

He was a friend of Mrs. Sarah H. Whitman. According to an obituary in the New York Times (Nov. 20, 1870), he committed suicide by taking prussic acid. (The obituary states that he was 57.)

He was the author of  Calidore: a Legendary Poem, Boston: Marsh, Capen, Lyon and Webb, 1839.

William Jewett Pabodie


  • 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)
  • Peabody, Selim Hobart, compiler, Peabody Genealogy, Boston: Charles H. Pope, 1909, p. 478.
  • 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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