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Benjamin Strattan Parker


Benjamin S. Parker was born "February 10, 1833 in Henry County, Indiana. He attended Rich Square Friends School, studied law, and was admitted to the bar. He was editor and publisher of the New Castle Mercury and Knightstown Banner. From 1882- to 1885 he served as U.S. Consul in Sherbrooke, Canada. He was a poet and a short story writer.

[Source: Benjamin S. Parker Papers, Manuscript Section, Indiana Division, Indiana State Library]


Benjamin S. Parker, The Lesson, and Other Poems (New Castle, Indiana: Pleas Bros. / Indianapolis: Bowen, Stewart & Co., 1862)

_______________, Hoosier Bards, with Sundry Wildwood and Other Rhymes (Chicago: Charles H. Kerr & Company, 1891) [online text]

_______________, Rhymes of Our Neighborhood (New Castle, Indiana: W.H. Elliott, publisher, 1895)

_______________, The Cabin in the Clearing and Other Poems (Chicago: C. H. Kerr & Co. / Boston: G.H. Ellis, 1888)(1887) [online text]

_______________, After Noontide: A Volume of Verse in Various Keys (Richmond, Indiana: Nicholson Print. & Mfg. Co., 1905) [online text]


Benjamin S. Parker & Enos B. Heiney, Poets and Poetry of Indiana (New York: Silver, Burdett and Company, 1900) [online text]