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Edward Coote Pinkney



Thomas Ollive Mabbott & Frank Lester Pleadwell, The Life and Works of Edward Coote Pinkney (New York: Macmillan Company, 1926)

Edward Coote Pinkney was born October 1, 1802 in London, England where his father, William Pinkney (1764-1822), a prominent lawyer, represented the U.S. as minister to the British Court. Pinkney returned to the U.S. in 1811 and attended Baltimore schools. His education was interrupted by his enlistment, at age fourteen, in the Navy, where he served until his resignation in 1822 over a quarrel with his commodore (although other reasons have been advanced for his resignation as well). Pinkney then undertook the study of law and was admitted to the bar in 1824, the same year of his marriage to Georgiana McCausland. Pinkney attempted to join the Mexican navy, an effort that seems to have failed. After a small book of poems was published in 1825, he secured a teaching position as professor of rhetoric and belles-lettres at the University of Maryland. Only months before his death he was named editor of The Marylander. He died on April; 11, 1828 in Baltimore at age twenty-six.

[Source: W.P. Trent, Southern Writers: Selections in Prose and Verse 160-161 (New York: MacMillan Company, 1905). See also, Evert A. & George L. Duyckinck, The Cyclopedia of American Literature (Philadelphia: William Rutter & Co., 1880)]

Pinkney's brother, Frederick Pinkney (1804-1873), was also a Baltimore lawyer, and a poet.

Edward Coote Pinkney

Edward Coote Pinkney
The National Cyclopedia of Biography 443
(New York: James T. White & Co., 1892)(vol. 6)

Poets of the Civil War

Introduction to Literature: Antebellum Era
Documenting the American South
University of North Carolina


[A Serenade] [Serenade] [Votive Song] [The Widow's Song] [The Widow's Song] [Song] [To . . .] [On Parting] [A Parting] [A Health]


Edward Coote Pinkney, Rodolph, a Fragment (Baltimore: Joseph Robinson, 1823)

__________________, Poems (Baltimore: Joseph Robinson, 1825)(2nd ed. 1838)(New York: Arno Press, 1972)

__________________, The Miscellaneous Poems of Edward C. Pinkney (New York: Morris, Willis & Co., 1844) [online text]


Thomas Ollive Mabbott & Frank Lester Pleadwell (eds.), The Life and Works of Edward Coote Pinkney (New York: Macmillan & Co., 1926)

Bibliography: Biographical Sketches

Rayburn S. Moore, "Edward Coote Pinkney," in Eric L. Haralson (ed.), Encyclopedia of American Poetry: The Nineteenth Century (Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn, 1998)

Research Resources

Pinkney Papers, 1796-1926
Maryland Historical Society
Baltimore, Maryland