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Andrew Confinberry


Andrew Coffinberry, was born in Martinsburg, Virginia (now West Virginia) and moved to Chillicothe, Ohio with his parents in 1806. They moved to Lancaster the following year. Confinberry served two years in the navy, and read law in Mansfield. From 1815 to 1836 he studied and practiced law at Mansfield, Ohio. He moved to Perrysburg in 1836, and died at Findlay, on May 12, 1856. Coffinberry acquired the title Count Coffinberry because of his manner of dress, refined ways, and kindness toward young lawyers of the local bar.

[Source: William Coyle (ed.), Ohio Authors and Their Books: Biographical Data and Selective Bibliographies for Ohio Authors, Native and Resident, 1796-1950 124-125 (Cleveland: World Publishing Co., for the Ohioana Library Association, 1962)]


The Death-Song of the Sagamore


Andrew Coffinberry, The Forest Rangers: A Poetic Tale of the Western Wilderness in 1794. Connected with and Comprising the March and Battle of General Wayne's Army, and Abounding with Interesting Incidents of Fact and Fiction. In Seven Cantos (Columbus, Ohio: Wright & Legg, 1842)


N.B.C. Love, The Pioneer Poet Lawyer, 10 Ohio Archaeological and Historical Quarterly 305-314 (1902) [reprinted in N.B. C. Love, Historical Essays: Ohio Pioneer Heroes, Religious and Literary: Russel Bigelow; L.B. Gurley; The Wyandot's Bride; Andrew Coffinberry, the Pioneer Poet-Lawyer (Columbus, Ohio: The F.J. Heer Printing Co., 1913)]

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