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James Buckley Black


"James Buckley Black was born in Morristown, N.J. on July 21, 1839, son of Michael and Jane Whitesides Black. When he was eight years old his family moved to Indiana. He taught school and attended Asbury (DePauw) and Indiana universities. After serving in the Civil War, Black studied law in Indianapolis and was admitted to the bar in 1866. On Feb. 6, 1873 he married Amelia Keith Prudden. He served as reporter (1868-76) of the supreme court of Indiana and joined the faculty of the Central Law School of Indiana in 1879. He served as a judge of the appellate court and as chief judge for one term. In 1875 he was awarded an honorary degree by Indiana University. He died on Dec. 11, 1916." [Donald E. Thompson, Indiana Authors and Their Books 1967-1980 33-34 (Crawfordsville, Indiana: Wabash College, 1981)]


James B. Black, The Battle of Cedar Creek: A Poem by Col. James B. Black, Indianapolis, Ind., and delivered at the national convention of Beta Theta Pi, Cincinnati, 1866 (Plainfield, Indiana: Indiana Reform School, 1880-1899?)

Research Resources

James Buckley Black correspondence with James Whitcomb Riley
Manuscripts Department, Lilly Library
Indiana University
Bloomington, Indiana