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John F. Gontrum


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John F. Gontrum, Poems
(Baltimore: The Lord Baltimore Press, 1911)

John F. Gontrum "was born at Gardenville, Baltimore County, Maryland, February 16, 1857, and died at his birthplace, December 27, 1909. He was by profession a lawyer and attained high ran at the Bar of his native State. During leisure intervals he wrote a number of poems . . . ." [Bio, in Edwin Anderson Alderman & Joel Chandler Harris (eds.), Library of Southern Literature 72 (New Orleans: The Martin & Holt Co., 1913)(vol. 16)(compiled by Lucian Lamar Knight)]

"John F. Gontrum (1857-1909) was born on a farm in an area that is now a part of Baltimore city. After his graduation from St. John's College, Annapolis, in 1878, he took up the study of law and was admitted to the Maryland bar in 1880, and from that time until his death he practiced law in Towson, the county seat of Baltimore county . . . .

It was as a boy that he first developed a taste for poetry and during that period contributed many poems to the local newspapers. . . ." [John F. Gontrum, The Bridle Path and Other Poems (Philadelphia: Cypher Press, Inc., 1973)]


John F. Gontrum, Poems (Baltimore: The Lord Baltimore Press, 1911)

_____________, The Bridle Path and Other Poems (Towson, Maryland: Loch Haven Press, 1940)(Philadelphia: Cypher Press, Inc., 1973)