Strangers to Us All Lawyers and Poetry

Eben Wallace Kimball

(1828-    )

"EBEN W. KIMBALL, Esq., of Salem, a lawyer, wrote poetry for the Salem Advertiser forty years ago over the name of 'Topaz' . . . ."

[Sidney Perley, The Poets of Essex County, Massachusetts 202 (Salem, Massachusetts: Sidney Perley, 1889][online text]

"Kimball, Eben Wallace, lawyer, was born in Ridge, Cheshire co., N.H., Aug. 31, 1828, eldest of the ten children of Ebenezer Dewing and Hannah (Wallace) Kimball. . . . He was . . . a student at Harvard College, and began to read law in the office of David Roberts . . . . Beginning practice in 1857 . . . he was elected to the state legislature while very young. In 1864 he removed to Indianapolis, Ind. . . . After eight years he left Indiana for California, but stopping by accident at Kansas City, he changed his mind and opened a law office there with John K. Cravens. . . . After a two years' residence at Kansas City, he determined to seek a milder climate, and in 1874 removed to Little Rock . . . . In 1887 he was president of the exposition of the resources of Arkansas which created widespread interest. . . . His [legal] practice is largely in the federal courts, and he is also the regular attorney of the leading insurance companies and a number of wealthy corporations. . . . He is universally called 'Judge Kimball.' . . . . In his private library he has the most costly collection of works of art and pictures in the state, including the only Japan edition of 'Vanderbilt's House and Home,' in Arkansas."

The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography. Volume 7 (New York: James T. White & Co., 1892)][online text]