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William Whiteman Fosdick

Ohio, Kentucky & New York

[William Whiteman Fosdick] "Was a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, born Jan. 28, 1825;his father, Thos. R. Fosdick, a merchant and banker, and his mother, Julia Drake, a talented actress; graduated at Transylvania University, Lexington, Ky.; studied law at Louisville with Hon. Garnett Duncan, and afterwards at Carrollton, Ky., with Judge James Pryor; practiced law at Covington, Ky., then at Cincinnati, then in New York city for seven years, 1851-58; traveled in Mexico, 1847-49; gained his first distinction as a poet by a dramatic effort, 'Tecumumseh;' in 1855 published a collection of poems, 'Ariel, and Other Poems;' resided in Cincinnati, generally, after 1857." [Lewis Collins, 1 History of Kentucky 582 (Covington, Kentucky: Collins & Co., 1878)(rev. & enlarged, Richard H. Collins)]

W.H. Venable in Beginnings of Literary Culture in the Ohio Valley notes that William Whiteman Fosdick was "a born poet, a true wit, a boon companion of artists and literary men, a courteous gentleman, loved and admired by every man, woman, and child who knew him . . . ." [W. H. Venable, Beginnings of Literary Culture in the Ohio Valley: Historical and Biographical Sketches 114 (Cincinnati: Robert Clarke & Co., 1891)] [online text]


Aura Lea -- Aura Lea


W.W. Fosdick, Ariel, and Other Poems (New York: Bunce & Brother, Publishers, 1855) [online text] [Dallas illustration]

___________, Progress of Liberty (Cincinnati: Enquirer Steam Presses, 1861)("A poem to the Sigma Chi Society, of the Indiana State University, delivered June 26, 1861")


W.W. Fosdick, Malmiztic the Toltec; and the Cavaliers of the Cross (Cincinnati: W. H. Moore & D. Anderson, 1851) [online text]

___________, The Cavaliers of the Cross: A Historical Romance (Cincinnati: H.M. Rulison, 2nd ed., 1855) [online text]


W.W. Fosdick, Mary Lyle: Ballad (New York: Firth, Pond & Co., 1853)(Augusta Browne composer)

____________, Bonnie Kitty (New York: Firth, Pond & Co, 1855)(Everett L. Baker music)

___________, Katie Strang: Scotch Ballad (New York: William Hall & Son, 1856)(William Vincent Wallace composer)

___________, Annie Law: Ballad (New York: Firth, Pond & Co., 1857 (J.R. Thomas, music)

___________, Aura Lea, or, the Maid With Golden Hair (Richmond, Virginia: Lithographed and published by G. Dunn & Co., 1864)(arranged by Joseph Kelp)