Poore, Benjamin Perley, 1820-1887

Alternative names
Birth 1820-11-02
Death 1887-05-30

Biographical notes:

Journalist and author.

From the description of Ben Perley Poore commonplace book, 1837-1940. (Historical Society of Washington, Dc). WorldCat record id: 70949739

Author and editor.

From the description of Letters of Benjamin Perley Poore, 1852-1853. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79449406

Benjamin Perley Poore (1820-1887) was a newspaper correspondent, editor, and author who lived and worked mainly in Washington, D.C. He was born and raised on "Indian Hill Farm" near Newburyport, Mass., a member of a wealthy family. Following a brief stay at West Point, Poore chose to apprentice himself to a printer and eventually became one of the first newspaper correspondents in America, a position which he held for three decades. Stationed in Washington, D.C., he worked for the Boston Journal and a number of other newspapers, and made a name for himself as "Perley" the columnist. Poore also served as clerk of the Senate committee on printing public records, edited the Congressional Directory in 1869, and published a number of biographies of notable Americans.

From the description of Record book, 1854-1855. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 207164761

Benjamin Perley Poore (1820-1887), journalist and historian, editor of the SOUTHERN WHIG, an Athens, Georgia newspaper in the 1840's.

From the description of Letter to Gorham Parsons, 1840 Feb. 18. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 38478239


Loading Relationships


Ark ID:


  • Correspondence
  • Newspapers
  • Authors
  • Authors, American--19th century--Autographs
  • Newspaper publishing
  • Slavery
  • Authors, American--19th century--Correspondence
  • Cherokee Indians
  • Printing--History
  • Publishers and Publishing
  • Indians of North America
  • Plantation life


  • Authors
  • Editors
  • Authors, American--Washington (D.C.)


  • Newburyport (Mass.) (as recorded)
  • Washington (D.C.) (as recorded)
  • Murray County (Ga.) (as recorded)
  • Georgia (as recorded)