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James De Ruyter Blackwell, Sr.
"James De Ruyter Blackwell, Sr. was born 18 March 1828 near Warrenton, Va. Graduated from Dickinson College and also attended Randolph-Macon College. Studied and practiced law but for health reasons gave it up and devoted his life to literature. He died 1901. James De Ruyter Blackwell, Jr. was born 17 May 1870. He was educated at Bethel Military Academy [Fauquier County, Va.] as a civil engineer. Worked as a civil engineer on various railroads including electric streetcar system. He was on the Board of Survey for Boston and was City Engineer of Seattle, Washington. He also was in private practice. He died 5 September 1929." [Source: OCLC Note, Blackwell Family Papers, Swem Library, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia]
J. DeR. Blackwell, The Poetical Works of James DeRuyter Blackwell in three volumes (New York: Printed for the author, by E.J. Hale & Son, 1879-1884)(2 vols.) [vol. 1 (1879): online text] (Vol. 2 has imprint: "Printed for the author, by J.B. Lippincott & Co.")[Vol. 1, indicates that there are three volumes. Vol. 3 was apparently never published. The College of William and Mary Blackwell Family Papers collection includes "three bound manuscript volumes of poetry."]
Blackwell Family Papers