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Thomas Willis White

(Born: 1788 - Died: January 19, 1843)

American publisher and editor. In 1834, he founded the Southern Literary Messenger, and served for many years as its principle editor, with varying degrees of assistance from James E. Heath, Edward V. Sparhawk, Lucian Minor and N. Beverley Tucker. He married Margaret Ann Ferguson on December 12, 1809. She died on December 11, 1837. They had three children, one son and two daughters. The son, Thomas H. White, died on October 7, 1832, at the age of nineteen.

Thomas Willis White


  • 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.
  • Jackson, David K., “Some Unpublished Letters of T. W. White to Lucian Minor.” Tyler’s Quarterly Historical and Genealogical Magazine 17 (April 1936): 224-43, and 18 (July 1936): 32-49.

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