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Edwin Milton Abbott


Edwin M. Abbott was born on June 4, 1877 in Philadelphia. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, receiving his LL.B. degree in 1896, and was admitted to the bar. He served as counsel for Philadelphia's Director of Public Safety and handled liquor violations during Prohibition. Abbott was elected to the state legislature, where he served a year, and then, from 1931 to 1935, worked as an attorney with the Pennsylvania State Department of Justice. Abbott died November 8, 1940.

Abbott's poetry appears in various anthologies, including: Principal Poets of the World (1937, 1932); Poetical Favorites—Yours and Mine (1911); Modern Troubadours (1936); Pennsylvania Poets (1936); In the Realm of Poesy (1936); Paebar (1937); Yearbook of Contemporary Poetry (1937).

Abbott was an avid golfer; he lived in Philadelphia.

[See: W. Stewart Wallace, A Dictionary of North American Authors Deceased before 1950 (Toronto: Ryerson Press, 1951); The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography. Volume 45 (New York: James T. White & Co., 1962); The Biographical Dictionary of Contemporary Poets: The Who's Who of American Poets 1 (New York: Avon House, 1938); Lewis Randolph Hamersly, Who's Who in Pennsylvania 2 (New York: L.R. Hamersly Co., 1904)] [Obituaries: New York Times, Nov. 9, 1940, p. 17; New York Herald Tribune, Nov. 9, 1940, p. 10]


Edwin Milton Abbott, Thoughts in Verse (Boston: The Cornhill Publishing Co., 1922)


Edwin Milton Abbott, The Law and Religion (Philadelphia: Dorrance and Company, 1938)

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