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Will Wallace Harney


Thos. W. Herringshaw (ed.) , Local and National Poets of America 855
(Chicago: American Publishers' Association, 1890)

"The son of native Kentucky parents, was born June 20, 1832, at Bloomington, Indiana, where his father, the late John Hopkins Harnery (for 24 years, 1844-68, the able and distinguished editor of the Louisville Daily Democrat) then resided as professor mathematics in the Indiana University. When five years old, his father removed to Louisville, where William was educated, with the finest advantages to be obtained; he taught school there, for some years; was for two years principal of the High School; then professor in the State Normal School at Lexington, during the two years of its existence; studied law, and practiced in Louisville; became one of the editors of the Louisville Democrat. His occasional contributions of poetry to the journals of the day attracted much attention . . . . " [Lewis Collins, 1 History of Kentucky 592 (Covington, Kentucky: Collins & Co., 1878)(rev. & enlarged, Richard H. Collins)]

Harney edited the Louisville Demorcat for nine years and in 1869 moved to Florida where he took up residence at Pinecastle. [Thos. W. Herringshaw (ed.) , Local and National Poets of America 855 (Chicago: American Publishers' Association, 1890)]

Harney attended Louisville College "came under the influence of such noted scholars as Noble Butler and Professor Peabody, and received the encouragement of George D. Prentice, to whose paper, the Louisville Journal, he was a frequent contributor." For several decades Harney lived at Orlando, Florida. He was also an occasional contributor of verse to Harper's Magazine, as well as to other national publications. [Benjamin S. Parker & Enos B. Heiney (eds.), Poets and Poetry of Indiana 434 (New York: Silver, Burdett and Company, 1900)]


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Will Wallace Harney, The Spirit of the South (Boston, Massachusetts: Richard G. Badger, The Gorham Press, 1909)