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Jacob Wardwell Browne
Thos. W. Herringshaw (ed.), Local and National Poets of America 548
Jacob Wardwell Browne was born in Albany, Maine on December 2, 1822. "While studying law Mr. Browne meanwhile taught high school at Windham for several terms. Admitted to the bar in 1851, he located in Buckfield the following year, where he practiced his profession until 1857. Colonel Jacob W. Browne then removed to Earlsville, Illinois . . . . He was married in 1859. Mr. Browne for many years has been a frequent contributor of verse to the periodical press, and hopes soon to published [sic] a volume of his poems in book-form."
[Thos. W. Herringshaw (ed.), Local and National Poets of America 548 (Chicago: American Publishers' Association, 1890)] [A search of OCLC reveals no work, poetry or otherwise, by Jacob Wardwell Browne.]
Browne entered Bowdoin College in 1846, and the following year he helped, with the assistance of E.P. Hinds, to establish the Norway Liberal Institute where he became an assistant teacher. He spent two years, at Westbrook Seminary teaching mathematics and languages. He read law in the office of Elbridge Gerry at Waterford, while teaching in the high school at Windham. For several years while he was at Buckfield he was the v illage postmaster. Before the onset of war, he moved, in 1861 to Earlsville, Illinois where he resided until his death in October, 1892. "He was a large contributor of both prose and poetry to the press." [bio and quote, fromAlfred Cole & Charles F. Whitman, A History of Buckfield, Oxford County, Maine: From the Earliest Explorations to the Close of the Year 1900 335-336 (Buckfield, Maine: C.F. Whitman, 1915)]