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Hugh Farrar McDermott
Hugh McDermott was a lawyer, playwright, poet, and journalist. He was born in Ireland, Aug. 16, 1834, and was the son of
Thomas Gould McDermott, a merchant. The elder McDermott went to
Boston with his family in 1849 and purchased
a homestead at Dorchester. Hugh McDermott entered
the law office of Judge Brigham, but upon his father's death, he turned to journalism and worked for the Boston Courier. In 1853 McDermott went to California as a special agent of Adams & C.
In San Francisco McDermott was an editor,
In 1873 McDermott returned to the East and wrote for various New York newspapers. In 1869 he
started a literary paper in Boston called the
Among his works the poems of "The Fire" and "Freedom's Land," in 1803, brought him public notice, as did "When My Days Were Young and Fair."
[source: obituary, New York Times, June 5, 1891, p. 5]
Hugh Farr McDermott, Lavona, a Poem (New York: Published for the trade, 1860)
_________________, The Blind Canary (New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2nd ed., 1883) [online text]