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Hiram Ozias Wiley

Vermont & Massachusetts

"MR. WILEY was born in Middlebury, Vt., May 20, 1831, and was son of Phineas and Mary (Ellis) Wiley. He came to Danvers, Mass, when about sixteen years of age, and was there employed in the manufacture of shoes for several years. . . . He concluded to become a lawyer, and after pursuing the necessary studies was admitted to the Essex bar in 1855, opening an office in that part of Danvers, which was incorporated as South Danvers (now Peabody) the same year. He afterward resided in Lynn a short time, and returned to Peabody, where he lived during the remainder of his life, having a limited practice. He gave a large portion of his time and thought to literature, being for a few years editor of the Essex Statesman. . . . He sought to drown his sorrows and cares in the exhilarating cup, and became a wreck in his prime. In very destitute circumstances, he died of the small pox, in Peabody, January 28, 1873, at the age of forty-one." [Sidney Perley, The Poets of Essex County, Massachusetts 184-185 (Salem, Massachusetts: Sidney Perley, 1889][online text]


Hiram O. Wiley, Eternity and Other Poems (Salem, Massachusetts, 1874)