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James Daniel Lynch


"Lynch, James Daniel, lawyer, author, poet, was born in Mecklenburg County, Va., January 6, 1836, received his education at the University of North Carolina, raised a company of cavalry under General Polk, and sustained severe wounds in a fight at Lafayette, Ga. He practiced law for some time at West Point, Miss., but abandoned the legal profession for literary pursuits. He published 'The Bench and Bar of Mississippi,' 'The Bench and Bar of Texas,' and 'The Industrial History of Texas,' besides numerous minor works. He also wrote poems of unusual merit, the best known being 'The Clock of Destiny,' 'The Star of Texas,' 'The Siege of the Alamo,' and 'Columbia Saluting the Nations,' the last-named production being an ode which was adopted as the national salutation of the Columbian Exposition."

[Source: Edwin Anderson Alderman & Joel Chandler Harris (eds.), Library of Southern Literature 268 (New Orleans: Martin & Hoyt Co., 1910)(1907)(Vol. 15, Biographical Dictionary of Southern Authors, 1929, Lucian Lamar Knight ed.)] [See also: Ernestine Clayton Deavours, The Mississippi Poets 124 (Memphis: E. H. Clarke & Brother, 1922); James B. Lloyd (ed.), Lives of Mississippi Authors, 1817-1967 305-306 (Jackson, Mississippi: University Press of Mississippi, 1981)]]

James Daniel Lynch
Appleton's Cyclopedia of American Biography
(New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1887-1889)(James Grant Wilson & John Fiske eds.)(6 vols.)


James D. Lynch, Robert E. Lee, or, Heroes of the South: A Poem (West Point, Mississippi: G.W. Reed, Printer, 1876) [online text]

____________, Redpath, or, the Klu Klux Tribunal: A Poem (Columbus, Mississippi: Excelsior Book and Job Printing Establishment, 1877) [online text]

____________, Columbia Saluting the Nations: A Poem ([Chicago, Illinois]: Thayer & Jackson Stationery Co., Printers and Publishers, 1893)


James D. Lynch, Kemper County Vindicated, and a Peep at Radical Rule in Mississippi (New York: E. J. Hale & Son, 1879) [online text]

____________, The Bench and Bar of Mississippi (New York: Hale, 1881) [online text]

____________, The Bench and Bar of Texas (St. Louis: Nixon-Jones Printing Co., 1885) [online text]


Robert P. Rochelle, James Daniel Lynch (1836-1903): A Mississippi Writer of the Reconstruction Era (Mississippi State University, 1971)