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William Dudley Foulke

Robert Barclay Dillingham

New York & Indiana

Photo courtesy of Morrisson-Reeves Library, Richmond, Indiana

William Foulke was born November 20, 1848 in New York City. His father was a minister of the Society of Friends and principal of Friends Seminary in New York City. Foulke attended Friends Seminary, graduated in 1863, received his A.B. degree from Columbia University in 1869 and his law degree from Columbia in 1871. He took up the practice of law in New York City the year he graduated.

Foulke practiced law in New York City until 1876 when he moved to Richmond, Indiana, the home town of his wife, Mary Taylor Reeves. From 1883 to 1885 he served as a member of the Indiana State Senate. In 1890 Foulke gave up the practice of law and focused his attentions on "reform movements, journalism, traveling, and literature." Foulke's involvement in the newspaper business came initially as part owner of the Richmond Palladium, and then serving for several months as the paper's editor. From 1909 to 1912 he became an owner and editor of the Richmond Item.

[Source: Arthur W. Shumaker, A History of Indiana Literature 234-238 ([Indianapolis]: Indiana Historical Society, 1962)] [Another source has Foulke graduating from Columbia College in 1870 rather than in 1869. See Benjamin S. Parker & Enos B. Heiney (eds.), Poets and Poetry of Indiana 432 (New York: Silver, Burdett and Company, 1900)]

William Dudley Foulke (1848-1935)

William Dudley Foulke


William Dudley Foulke, Maya; a Drama (New York: The Cosmopolitan Press, 1911) [online text]

_________________, Lyrics of War and Peace (New York: H. Milford, Oxford University Press, 1916) [online text]

_________________, To-day and Yesterday; Sonnets and Other Verses (New York: H. Milford, Oxford University Press, 1920) [online text]

_________________, Songs of Eventide, Heloise, Maya (Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1928)

_________________, Earth's Generations Pass; to which is added an anthology from Lyrics of war and peace, Some love songs of Petrarch, To-day and yesterday, and Songs of eventide (New York: Oxford University Press, 1930)


William Dudley Foulke, A Hoosier Autobiography (New York: Oxford University Press, 1922) [online text]

_________________, A Random Record of Travel During Fifty Years (New York: Oxford University Press, 1925)


William Dudley Foulke, Biography and Correspondence of Arthur Middleton Reeves (London: Henry Frowde, 1895)

_________________, Slav or Saxon? A Study of the Growth and Tendencies of Russian Civilization (New York: Putnam's, 1887) [online text] (New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1891)(New York: Putnam's, 1898)(New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1904)(New York: G.P. Putnam, 1980)

_________________, Life of Oliver P. Morton, including His Important Speeches (Kansas City: Bowen-Merrill Company, 1898)(2 vols.)(Bowen-Merrill, 1899) [vol. 1: online text] (New York: AMS Press, 1974)

_________________, Maya: A Story of Yucatan (New York: Putnam, 1900) [online text] (New York: G.P. Putnam, 2nd ed. 1901)

_________________, Protean Papers (New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1903) [online text] (Yellow Springs, Ohio: Antioch Press, 1931)

_________________, The Quaker Boy: a tale of the outgoing generation as it appears chronicled in the autobiography of Robert Barclay Dillingham (New York: Cochrane Publishing Co., 1910)

_________________, Dorothy Day (New York: The Cosmopolitan Press, 1911) [online text]

_________________ (ed.), Masterpieces of the Masters of Fiction (New York: Cosmopolitan Press, 1912) [online text]

_________________, Fighting the Spoilsmen: Reminiscences of the Civil Service Reform Movement (New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1919) [online text] (New York: Arno Press, 1974)

_________________, Is Our Civilization Really Declining? (Indianapolis: Kautz Stationery Co., 1923)

_________________, Roosevelt and the Spoilsmen (New York City: National Civil Service Reform League, 1925)

_________________, Lucius B. Swift, a Biography (Indianapolis: Pub. for the Society by the Bobbs-Merrill Co., 1930)


Paul, the Deacon, History of the Langobards (Philadelphia: Dept. of History, University of Pennsylvania; New York: Sold by Longmans, Green, 1907)(William Dudley Foulke trans.) [online text]

Francesco Petrarca, Some Love Songs of Petrarch (New York: H. Milford, Oxford University Press, 1915)(William Dudley Foulke trans.)


Lewis E. Cloud, William Dudley Foulke: Civil Service Reformer, dissertation, Ball State University, 1969

Hery Clay Fox, Memoirs of Wayne County and the City of Richmond Indiana 623-626 (Madison, Wisconsin: Western Historical Assn., 1912)

Research Resources

William Dudley Foulke Papers
Library of Congress

Mary Taylor Reeves Foulke (1851-1938)
wife of William Dudley Foulke

John L. Rupe
law partner