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Guy Humphrey McMaster

New York

"A jurist and verse-writer of Bath, in central New York."

[Oscar Fay Adams, A Dictionary of American Authors 244 (Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1899)]

"McMaster, Guy Humphrey, jurist and author, was born at Clyde, Wayne co., N.Y., Jan. 31, 1829. He was graduated, in 1847, at Hamilton College, where he was known as the most brilliant student ever entered there. In the following year he wrote the war lyric, 'Carmen Bellicosum,' better known as 'The Old Continentals,' which was published in the 'Knickerbocker Magazine,' and attained immediate popularity. His articles in the 'Whig Review' and 'Putnam's Monthly,' appeared during his early youth, and when he was but twenty years of age he published a 'History of Steuben County.' Afterward virtually abandoning literature for the law, he was admitted to the bar in 1852, and practiced his profession in Steuben county until he was elected county judge and surrogate in 1863. He held both offices until their separation in 1883, when he was made surrogate. During this period he contributed to the press at infrequent intervals, and edited the 'Steuben Courier' in 1855, again in 1876, and in 1877, while abroad, gave to its columns a series of articles called 'Other Side Letters,' that was widely read and copied. . . . Judge McMaster died at Bath, Steuben co., N.Y., Sept. 13, 1887."

[11 The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography 478 (New York: James T. White & Co., 1901]


Carmen Bellicosum


Guy H. McMaster, The Commanders: Poem ([S.l.: s.n., 1879)


Guy H. McMaster, History of the Settlement of Steuben County, N.Y. including notices of the old pioneer settlers and their adventures (Bath [N.Y.]: R.S. Underhill & Co., 1853)

(Geneva, New York: W.F. Humphrey, 1893)(Bath [N.Y.]: R.S. Underhill & Co., 1974)(Bath, New York: Steuben County Historical Society, 1975)(Geneva, New York: W.F. Humphrey Press Inc., 1975)(Bath, New York: R.S. Underhill, 1981)(Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1992)