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William Alpha Paxson


"Paxson, William Alpha (July 6, 1850-Jan. 16, 1933), lawyer and farmer, was born near Jamestown, Greene County. He attended Ohio Wesleyan University for two years, taught school, read law in Xenia, spent one year at Cincinnati Law College, and was admitted to the bar in 1874. He practiced law in Washington Court House, 1874-76, and in Jamestown from 1876 until his death. He also operated extensive farms. He wrote many poems on rural themes . . . ." [William Coyle (ed.), Ohio Authors and Their Books: Biographical Data and Selective Bibliographies for Ohio Authors, Native and Resident, 1796-1950 487 (Cleveland: World Publishing Co., for the Ohioana Library Association, 1962)] [Used with permission of the Ohioana Library Association]

He was, according to "Au Revoir," a document located in the Greene County Archives, known as the "poet laureate" of the Greene County Bar. See Gillian Hill, Greene County, Ohio: Time Capsule of 1901 2 (Arcadia Publishing, 2002).

[See also: Thomas William Herringshaw, Herringshaw's Encyclopedia of American Biography of the Nineteenth Century 724 (Chicago: American Publishers' Assoc., 1898)(indicating that Paxson was the author of "a volume of poetical works."]


W. A. Paxson, A Buckye Baron: A Rural Story of a Buckeye Boy (Cincinnati: Robert Clarke Co., 1901) [online text]