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Robert Taylor Conrad


Evert A. & George L. Duyckinck, The Cyclopaedia of American Literature 418
(Philadelphia: William Rutter & Co., 1880)(Vol. 2)

Playwright, editor, poet, and lawyer

Robert T. Conrad was born in Philadelphia on June, 10 1810. His father was a publisher. Young Conrad studied to assume a position in the legal profession but gained a reputation as a writer at an early age. Before he turned twenty-one, he had authored a tragedy, "Conradin," and at the age of twenty-two, he followed his father into publishing at the Daily Commercial Intelligencer, which would become the Philadelphia Gazette. In 1834, his health questionable, he left publishing and again took up the practice of law. In 1838, he was named judge of the criminal sessions for the City and county of Philadelphia. The court was disbanded and Conrad again took up editing, this time, as editor of Graham's Magazine and later as associate editor of the North American. In 1854, he was elected mayor of Philadelphia and in 1856 was appointed to the bench again, where he served until 1857. Conrad is remembered by literary scholars for still another of his tragedies, "Aylmere." In 1852, Conrad published a collection of his poetry, Ayhmere, or the Bondman of Kent, and other Poems.

Conrad died on July 17, 1858 and is buried at Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia. .

Robert T. Conrad
Henry Simpson, The Lives of Eminent Philadelphians, Now Deceased
246-247 (Philadelphia: William Brotherhead, 1859)

James Grant Wilson & John Fiske, Appleton's Cyclopaedia of American
710 (New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1886)(vol. 1)


Robert T. Conrad, Aylmere, or, The Bondman of Kent, and Other Poems (Philadelphia: E.H. Butler, 1852)(1851) [online text]


Address Delivered Before the Historical Society of Pennsylvania


J. Reese Fry & Robert T. Conrad. A Life of Gen. Zachary Taylor; Comprising a Narrative of Events Connected With His Professional Career . . . and Authentic Incidents of His Early Years (Philadelphia: Grigg, 1847) [online text]

Robert T. Conrad, General Scott and His Staff: Comprising Memoirs of Generals Scott, Twiggs, Pierce, and other Distinguished Officers Attached to General Scott's Army, with Accurate Portraits, and other Beautiful Illustrations (Philadelphia: Griff, Elliot, 1848)

_____________, Jack Cade, the Captain of the Commons; a Tragedy in Four Acts with an Historical Introduction (London: S. French, 186-?)(65 pgs.)

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