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George Frederick Cameron
"George Frederick Cameron . . . the eldest son of James Grant [Cameron], and Jessie Sutherland, was born in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, September 24, 1854. He received his preliminary education at the High School of his native town, and had read the greater part of Virgil and Cicero in the original before his fourteenth year. Even at this age he employed the most of his spare time in poetry. Removing with his family to Boston in the spring of 1869, he entered the Boston University of Law, in 1872. After graduation, he entered the law office of Dean, Butler and Abbot in the same city. From this period until 1882 his attention was mainly devoted to literature and he was a frequent contributor to the Commercial Bulletin, Traveller, Courier and Transcript of the new Athens of America. In 1882 he entered Queen's University and was the prize poet in 1883.
In March of the same year he became Editor of the Kingston News, which position he held until a few weeks before his death. The latter event took place during a visit to the country, where, on the 17th of September, he expired of heart disease after a few hours sickness. For the last two years of his life he had been greatly troubled with insomnia, getting not more than from two to three hours sleep per night.
He married Ella, the eldest daughter of Billings Amey, Esq., of Millhaven, on the twenty-second of August, 1883. His wife and an infant daughter survive him."
["His Life," preface to, Charles J. Cameron (ed.), Lyrics on Freedom, Love and Death by the Late George Frederick Cameron (Kingston: Lewis W. Shannon & Boston: Alexander Moore, 1887)(University of Toronto Press (Reprint), 1973)][See also, John W. Garvin, Canadian Poets and Poetry 101-108 (New York: Frederick A. Stokes, 1916)] [online text]
Charles J. Cameron (ed.), Lyrics on Freedom, Love and Death by the Late George Frederick Cameron (Kingston: Lewis W. Shannon & Boston: Alexander Moore, 1887)(University of Toronto Press Reprint, 1973) [online text]
[My thanks to Peggy Cameron, George Cameron's great granddaughter, who provided the date of Cameron's death and noted that he died when his daughter was not yet one year old. Peggy Cameron also notes that her grandmother, Jessie Cameron Alison, was also a poet.]
George Frederick Cameron Papers