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REQUIER, Augustus Julian, poet, born in Charleston, South Carolina, 27 May, 1825" died in New York city, 19 March. 1887. His father was a native of Marseilles, and his mother the daughter of a French Haytian planter, who fled to the United States during the servile insurrection. The son received a classical education, wrote a successful play at the age of seventeen, and at nineteen was admitted to the bar. He began practice in Charleston, but soon removed to Marion Court-House, and in October, 1850, to Mobile, Alabama In 1853 he was appointed United States district attorney, in which office he was continued by President Buchanan, and at the beginning of the civil war he was judge of the superior court. He was district attorney under the Confederate government. At the close of the war he settled in New York city, became an active member of the Tammany political society, and was appointed assistant corporation counsel, and later assistant district attorney. He was a frequent contributor to periodicals, His drama of "The Spanish Exile," in blank verse, after being produced on the stage in Charleston and other places, was published. It was followed by a romance entitled "The Old Sanctuary," the scene of which was laid in Charleston before the Revolution (Boston, 1846). While living in Marion and Mobile he composed many pieces in verse and prose, including a tragedy entitled "Marco Bozzaris," an "Ode to Shakespeare," and a long poem called "Christalline." The poems were subsequently published in book-form (Philadelphia, 1859). During the war he wrote many poems in praise of the Confederate cause, including an elaborate " Ode to Victory." An allegory entitled "The Legend of Tremaine " was composed for an English publication in 1864. "Ashes of Glory," a martial lyric, was written as a reply to Father Abram J. Ryan's " Conquered Banner." His later poems have not been collected. A speculative treatise on the lost science of the races of antiquity was left in manuscript.
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