Edgar Allan Poe (Maryland attorney general)

This article is about the attorney general of Maryland. For the author, see Edgar Allan Poe.
Edgar Allan Poe

Portrait of Poe from Walter Camp's 1894 book, "American Football"
Princeton Tigers
Position Quarterback
Career history
College Princeton (18891890)
Personal information
Date of birth (1871-09-15)September 15, 1871
Place of birth Baltimore, Maryland
Date of death November 29, 1961(1961-11-29) (aged 90)
Career highlights and awards

Edgar Allan Poe (September 15, 1871 – November 29, 1961) was Attorney General of the State of Maryland from 1911 to 1915. He was born in Baltimore, the son of former Maryland Attorney General John Prentiss Poe. He was named for his second cousin, twice removed, the celebrated author Edgar Allan Poe, who died in 1849.[1][2]

Poe attended Princeton University, where he played varsity football. He was the quarterback of the 1889 team, which finished with a perfect 10-0 record. After that season, Poe was named the quarterback of the very first 1889 College Football All-America Team. After Princeton beat Harvard, 41–15, a Harvard man reportedly asked a Princeton alumnus whether Poe was related to the great Edgar Allan Poe. According to the story, "the alumnus looked at him in astonishment and replied, 'He is the great Edgar Allan Poe.'"[1]

Poe graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1891 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He next attended law school at the University of Maryland, where he received a law degree in 1893.[3]

After traveling for more than a year in Europe, Poe joined his father and brothers in the family's law firm, John P. Poe & Sons. He was appointed as the Deputy State's Attorney for Baltimore in 1900, a position he held until 1903. He also served as deputy city solicitor and then city solicitor for the City of Baltimore before being elected as Attorney General of the State of Maryland, a position he held from 1911 to 1915.[3]

In 1895, Poe married Annie T. McKay, and they had a son, Edgar Allan Poe, Jr. His son also graduated from Princeton and was severely wounded in World War I while serving as a U.S. Marine Corps second lieutenant in France.[4]


  1. 1 2 "Memories of the Poe brothers". Princeton Weekly Bulletin. 2003-10-13.("Edgar Allan Poe 1891 was quarterback and captain in his junior and senior years. He was named All-American in 1889.")
  2. Floyd Conner (2000). Football's Most Wanted, p. 47. Brassey's. ISBN 978-1-57488-309-1.
  3. 1 2 Clayton Colman Hall. "Baltimore, pp. 691-692". Lewis Historical Publishing Co.
  4. "Hopes to Avenge John Poe" (PDF). New York Times. July 7, 1918. Retrieved 2010-01-22.

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Preceded by
Isaac Lobe Straus
Attorney General of Maryland
Succeeded by
Albert C. Ritchie

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