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Washington Poe

July 13, 1800
October 7, 1876
Home Town:
Augusta, GA
Later Residences:
Macon, GA
Selina Norman Poe (December 24, 1829)
Biographical Notes:
Washington Poe was the son of William and Frances (Winslow) Poe. He was orphaned at a young age and with his two siblings raised by Thomas Cumming, a close family friend, prominent banker and the first mayor of Augusta, GA. Poe was educated at Sand Hill Academy in Augusta and then sent to a private school in New Jersey that prepares students for Princeton. He returned to Augusta and entered a warehouse and commission business with his brothers Robert and William. He attended the Law School in 1823 and the moved to Macon, GA where he was admitted to the bar in May 1825.

He entered a law practice with Oliver Prince and in January 1827 succeeded Edward Door Tracey as Solicitor- General of the Macon Circuit Court. He was appointed the delegate from Central Georgia in 1836, and his job ...

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
He was educated at Sand Hill Academy in August, GA and then sent to a private school in New Jersey. He then attended the Litchfield Law School.

Profession / Service
Political Office; Lawyer
Admitted To Bar:
May 1825 in Macon, GA
Political Party:
Federal Posts:
U.S. Representative (GA) 1845
Local Posts:
Intendant (Macon, GA) 1827
Mayor (Macon, GA) 1840-1841
Solicitor General (Macon, GA)
Postmaster (Macon, GA)

help The Citation of Attendance provides primary source documentation of the student’s attendance at the Litchfield Female Academy and/or the Litchfield Law School. If a citation is absent, the student is thought to have attended but currently lacks primary source confirmation.

Records for the schools were sporadic, especially in the formative years of both institutions. If instructors kept comprehensive records for the Litchfield Female Academy or the Litchfield Law School, they do not survive. Researchers and staff have identified students through letters, diaries, family histories and genealogies, and town histories as well as catalogues of students printed in various years. Art and needlework have provided further identification of Female Academy Students, and Litchfield County Bar records document a number of Law School students. The history of both schools and the identification of the students who attended them owe credit to the early 20th century research and documentation efforts of Emily Noyes Vanderpoel and Samuel Fisher, and the late 20th century research and documentation efforts of Lynne Templeton Brickley and the Litchfield Historical Society staff.
Litchfield Eagle, October 6, 1823.

Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849), 19.
Secondary Sources:
Hays, Louise Frederick. History of Macon County, Georgia. Reprint Co., 1979.

Iobst, Richard William, Civil War Macon: The History of a Confederate City.(Macon, Ga.: Mercer University Press),1999.

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