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Robert Tyler


"Tyler, Robert. Lawyer. He was born in New Kent County, Va., in 1818 and died in Montgomery, Ala., December 3, 1877. He was a son of John Tyler, president of the United States, by his first wife, Letitia Christian. After graduating from William and Mary College, he studied law, and practiced his profession for several years in Philadelphia. At the beginning of hostilities he returned to Virginia and espoused the Confederate cause. Later he edited the Montgomery Mail and Advertiser [sic]. He published 'Ahasuerus,' a poem based on the legend of 'The Wandering Jew' (New York, 1842), 'Death; or, Medora's Dream' (1843), and two open letters, 'Is Virginia a Repudiating State?' and 'The States Guarantee' (Richmond, 1858)."

[Edwin Anderson Alderman & Joel Chandler Harris (eds.), Library of Southern Literature 444-45 (New Orleans: Martin & Hoyt Co., 1910)(1907)(Vol. 15, Biographical Dictionary of Authors, Lucian Lamar Knight ed.)] [Note: The Biographical Dictionary of Authors places Tyler's birth as 1818. Other sources indicate 1816.]


Robert Tyler, Poems Comprising The Last Man; The Elements of the Beautiful and Death (Philadelphia: H. Perkins, 1839)

__________, Ahasuerus. A Poem. By a Virginian (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1842) [online text]

__________, Death, or, Medorus' Dream (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1843) [online text]