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William Post Hawes

New York City

Wm. P. Hawes was born in New York City, on February, 4, 1803. He graduated from Columbia University in 1821, studied law with John Anthon, and practiced law in New York City. He was the author of numerous essays, many politically focused. He is today viewed as a minor Knickerbocker literary figure. [Source: William Post Hawes]

Hawes' various writings include poetry.

Hawes was admitted to the bar in New York City in 1824. "He served in the New York State Militia from the grade of ensign, in January, 1825, through all teh successive ranks to that of colonel of the Twenty-second Regiment of Infantry, in January, 1836. He was secretary of the New England Society, 1824-29. He commenced literary work in 1827, by contributing articles to the 'American Monthly Magazine,' 'The Mirror,' 'New York Times,' 'Standard,' 'N.Y. Spirit of the Times and Turf Register,' etc. . . ." His "stories, poems, etc., were collected and published in two volumes by Henry William Herbert ('Frank Forester') in 1834, under the title of 'Sporting Scenes and Sundry Sketches, being the miscellaneous writings of J. Cypress, Jr.,' which also includes a most touching and appreciative notice of his dead friend, cut off in his prime, at the age of 38." [Marie Caroline Post, The Post Family 304-305 (New York: Sterling Potter, 1905)] [online text]


Frank Forester [pseud] (ed.), Sporting Scenes and Sundry Sketches: Being the Miscellaneous Writings of J. Cypress Jr. (New York: Gould, Banks & Co., 1842)(2 vols.)[Vol. 2 contains a small selection of "poetical parodies."] [vol. 1: online text][vol. 2: online text]