1856 – Wisconsin Poet Dies

On this date died in Hazel Green, Wisconsin. Although he was a doctor, geologist, and linguist, poetry was his true calling. When his medical practice failed, he became the State Geologist for Connecticut, and then for Wisconsin. For the majority of his life his literary talent went unrecognized and he died poor and alone. In 1863, one of his poems was put to music and sung before President Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address. [Source: Fred L. Holmes,  pg122-135]