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William Maxwell


"Maxwell, William, educator and poet, was born in Norfolk, Va., in 1784 and died near Williamsburg, Va., in 1857. For several years he practiced law with success, after graduating from Yale; but he relinquished his profession to become president of Hampden-Sidney College. He published a volume of 'Poems' (Philadelphia, 1812), which passed into two editions; and also became interested in the antiquities of the state, establishing, in 1848, the Virginia Historical Register and editing the first six volumes. The best of his poems is 'A Naval Song,' inspired by the War of 1812. Hampden-Sidney College gave him the degree of LL.D."

[Edwin Anderson Alderman & Joel Chandler Harris (eds.), Library of Southern Literature 295(New Orleans: Martin & Hoyt Co., 1910)(1907)(Vol. 15, Biographical Dictionary of Southern Authors, 1929, Lucian Lamar Knight ed.)]

William Maxwell
A History of Southern Literature


William Maxwell, Poems (Philadelphia: Printed by William Fry, 1812) [online text]


William Maxwell, A Memoir of the Rev. John H. Rice, D.D., First Professor of Christian Theology in Union Theological Seminary, Virginia (Philadelphia: J. Whetham, 1835) [online text]