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Spencer Wallace Cone


"Cone, Spencer Wallace, soldier, lawyer, poet, was born May 25, 1819, in Alexandria, Va. At the opening of the civil war he organized the sixty-first New York regiment, and became its colonel, serving through the war, at the close of which he was brevetted brigadier-general of volunteers. He was the author of a small volume of poems; one of fairy tales; and with his brother, a memoir of their father. He died Jan. 21, 1888, in New York City." [Thomas William Herringshaw (ed.), Herringshaw's National Library of American Biography 86 (Chicago: American Publishers' Assoc., 1905)(vol. 2)] [online text][See also, W. Stewart Wallace, A Dictionary of North American Authors Before 1950 95 (Toronto: Ryerson Press, 1951)]["Spencer Wallace Cone, son of Spencer Houghton Cone and Sally Wallace Merrell, b. Alexandria, Va., May 25, 1819, m. Josephine Martinez, dau. of Don Tomas Martinez, of Spain, and Margaret Terry, Oct. 9, 1843. She was b. about 1825, and now res. Larchmont, Westchester county, N.Y. Mr. Cone served with great distinction during the War of the Rebellion as Colonel of the 61st New York Volunteers. He d. in New York Jan. 21, 1888." William Whitney Cone, Some Account of the Cone Family in America 75 (Topeka, Kansas: Crane & Co., 1903)]


S. Wallace Cone, "The Common Lot," 9 (39) The United States Democratic Review 250-251 (Sept. 1841)


Spencer Wallace Cone, The Proud Ladye and other Poems (New York: Wiley and Putnam, 1840) [online text]


Spencer W. Cone, The Fairies in America (New York: Pudney & Russell,
1859)(Jacob A. Dallas illus.) [online text]

______________, Biographical Sketch of Captain John T. Cairns (New York: Bowne & Hasbrouck, printers, 1855)

______________, Revenue Digest and Custom House Guide; containing rules and routine of business in entering ans clearing vessels: the manner of passing import, export ans transport entries: the forms of business in the different departments of the customs . . . an alphabetical tariff . . . (New York: Collins, Browne & Co., printers, 1853)

Edward Winfield Cone & Spencer Wallace Cone, Some Account of the Life of Spencer Houghton Cone: A Baptist Preacher in America (New York: Livermore & Rudd, 1856) [online text]

Edward Winfield Cone & Spencer Wallace Cone, The Life of Spencer H. Cone (New York: Sheldon, Blakeman & Co., 1857) [online text]

Research Resources

Spencer Wallace Cone Papers
Zach S. Henderson Library Special Collections
Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, Georgia

[several Cone poems are located in the Zach S. Henderson Library archival collection]