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William Thomas Hale

(1857- )

"Hale, William Thomas, lawyer, journalist, author, poet, was born Feb. 1, 1857, in Liberty, Tenn. He practiced his profession in 1880-93; since which time he has been connected with the Commerical Appeal of Memphis, the Post-Dispatch of St. Louis, the American of Nashville, and the Sentinel of Knoxville." [Thomas William Herringshaw, Herringshaw's Encyclopedia of American Biography of the Nineteenth Century xis (Chicago: American Publishers' Assoc., 1898)(addenda)]

Hale was the son of Charles Warren Lafayette and Malissa (Overall) Hale. He studied law in a private office, and, according to one source practiced law for about 8 yrs. at Liberty and Lebanon, Tennessee. He married Lula Lewis of Lebanon. Tennessee on April 6, 1876. He entered journalism in 1893 and became associate editor of the Memphis Commercial-AppeaI, 1895-1896; assistant Sunday editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 1896; associate editor of the Nashville American in 1897; editor-in-chief of the Knoxville Sentinel, in 1898. [Source: Albert Nelson Marquis (ed.), Who's Who in America 814 (Chicago: A.N. Marquis & Co., 1910) (vol. 6)]


Will T. Hale, Poems and Dialect Pieces (Lebanon, Tennessee: S. M. Anderson & Co, 1894)

_________, Showers and Sunshine (Memphis: Gayoso Bookstore/T.Y Crowell & Co., 1896) [online text]

_________, An Autumn Lane, and Other Poems (Nashville, Tennessee: Pub. House M.E. Church, South, Barbee & Smith, agents, 1899) [online text]


Will. T. Hale, The Backward Trail: Stories of the Indians and Tennessee Pioneers (Nashville, Tennessee: Cumberland Press, 1899)(Tennessee: Mountain Press, 2001)

_________, Great Southerners Being a Series of Short Sketches of Statesman, Military Captains, Orators, Jurists, Preachers, Men of Literature etc. Volume One (Nashville: Publishing House M.E. Church, South, Nashville, 1900) [online text]

Will T. Hale & Dixon L. Merritt, A History of Tennessee and Tennesseans (Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., 1913) [v.7]