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Graham Claytor


"Claytor, Graham, lawyer and author, was born in Bedford County, Va. Equipped for the Bar, he advanced rapidly to the front; and, after serving in the State Senate, he became attorney for the Commonwealth. But he was not too deeply engrossed in professional affairs to ignore the claims of literature." [Lucian Lamar Knight (ed.), Biographical Dictionary of Southern Authors 86 (Atlanta: The Martin & Hoyt Co., 1929)(vol. 15)]

Claytor was born on October 27, 1852. "For many years he taught school; then engaged in the practice of law at Bedford City, Iowa.; and in 1895 he was elected the commonwealth's attorney." [Thomas William Herringshaw (ed.), Herringshaw's National Library of American Biography 54 (Chicago: American Publishers' Assoc., 1905)(vol. 2)]


Graham Claytor, Otterdale, or, Pen Pictures of Farm Life and Other Poems (Richmond, Virginia: J.W. Randolph & English, 1885) [online text]

____________, Among the Hills, or, Scenes in Piedmont, Virginia and Other Poems (Richmond, Virginia: J.W. Randolph & English, 1886) [online text]


Graham Claytor, Pleasant Waters: A Story of Southern Life and Character (Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1888) [online text]

____________, Wheat and Tares, a Novel (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1889)