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Robert Tyler

(Born: September 9, 1816 - Died: December 3, 1877)

American lawyer, author and minor poet. The oldest son of president John Tyler, and a friend of Poe's friend F. W Thomas. Robert Tyler was born in Charles City County, VA. He married Elizabeth Priscilla Cooper (1816-1889) on September 12, 1839, in Bristol, PA. During his father's presidency, he served as his private secretary, and the young couple lived in the White House with his parents. In 1844, Robert and his wife moved to Philadelphia, PA. When the Civil War broke out, he sided with his native Virginia, and in his role as the Register of the Treasury hand signed most confederate bills, to avoid the problem of conterfeiting. After the War, he moved to Alabama, where he became the Democratic State Chairman. He later was editor of the Montgomery Mail and Advertiser. He died in Montgomery, AL.

Criticism (Texts and Variant Texts)


  • "Robert Tyler," The National Cyclopedia of American Biography, New York: James T. White & Co., 1907, 10:159
  • 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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