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EGGLESTON, Edward, author, born in Vevay, Indiana, 10 December 1837. His father, a lawyer of Virginian birth, died when his son was nine years of age. He was prevented by delicate health from entering College, and his education was mainly self acquired. In 1856 he spent four months in Minnesota for his health, and then, returning to Indiana, became a Methodist preacher, riding a four weeks' circuit, and laboring with great persistence. After six months of this work, failing health compelled his return to Minnesota, where he was a general agent of the Bible society, and held pastorates at St. Peter's, St. Paul, Stillwater, and Winona. At times the state of his health forced him to abandon all pastoral work and support his family by various pursuits, which were "always honest, but sometimes very undignified." In 1866 he removed to Evanston, Illinois, and for six months was associate editor of the " Little Corporal," a children's paper, to which he had previously contributed a series of "Round Table Stories."
A year later he became editor of the "Sunday School Teacher" in Chicago, whose circulation, under his management, increased in three years from 5,000 to 35,000. He also gained a reputation as speaker at Sunday School conventions, and as a manager of Sunday School teachers' institutes. During this time he had contributed to the "New York Independent," under the name of " Penholder," and in 1870 he removed to New York, and became its literary editor. On the retirement of Theodore Tilton, Mr. Eggleston succeeded him as superintending editor, but resigned in July 1871, to become the editor of "Hearth and Home," which office he continued to hold for over a year. From 1874 till 1879 he held the pastorate of the Church of Christian Endeavor, in Brooklyn, but was again compelled by failing health to retire, and returned to literature, making his home of "Owl's Nest," on Lake George.
Mr. Eggleston's novels, depicting early life in southern Indiana, have been widely read. Some of them have been reprinted in England and translated into various foreign languages. In addition to a "Sunday School Manual" (1870), and several works of a similar character, he has published "Mr. Blake's WalkingStick" (Chicago, 1869); " Book of Queer Stories" (1870); " The Hoosier Schoolmaster" (New York, 1871); "End of the World" (1872); " Mystery of Metropolisville" (1873); "The Circuit Rider" (1874); "Schoolmaster's Stories for Boys and Girls "(1874); "Christ in Literature" (1875); "Christ in Art" (1875); "Roxy" (1878); and "The Hoosier Schoolboy" (1883).
In 1878, in connection with his daughter, Mrs. Lillie E. Seelye, he began the publication of a series of biographies of American Indians for young people. It includes "Tecumseh and the Shawnee Prophet" (New York, 1878); "Pocahontas and Powhatan" (1879); "Brant and Red Jacket" (1879); and " Montezuma and the Conquest of Mexico " (1880). He has finished a novel, not yet published, and has in preparation (1887) a "History of Life in the United States," chapters of which have appeared in the "Century.
"His brother, George Eggleston, born in Vevay, Indiana, 26 November 1839, was educared at Indiana Asbury University and Richmond College, Virginia. Subsequently he studied law and began its practice in Virginia. After serving throughout the civil war as a private and subaltern in the Confederate army, he settled in the west, where he had charge of the correspondence of a large business house. In 1870 he became a reporter on the Brooklyn "Union," and soon afterward one of the editorial staff, where he remained till July 1871, when he became managing editor of "Hearth and Home," and subsequently succeeded his brother as editor-in-chief. In 1874 he became editor of the "American Homes," and in 1875 literary editor of the New York "Evening Post," which appointment he held until 1881. During the three following years he was occupied in editing books and other literary work. He became literary editor of the "Commercial Advertiser" in March 1884, and editor-in-chief in January 1886. His contributions to magazines have been numerous, and he has published "How to Educate Yourself" (1872); "A Man of Honor" (1873); " A Rebel's Recollections" (Boston, 1874); " How to Make a Living" (New York, 1875); " The Big Brother" (1875); "Captain Sam" (1876); "The Signal Boys" (1877); " Red Eagle and the War with the Creek Indians" (1878); "The Wreck of the Redbird" (1882); " Haydn's Dictionary of Dates" (American edition, 1883); and "Strange Stories from History" (1885).
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