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HOPE, James Barton, poet, born in Norfolk, Virginia. 23 March, 1827. He was educated at William and Mary college, Virginia, and previous to 1861 was a practising lawyer and commonwealth attorney in Elizabeth City county, Virginia he had won some literary distinction from a series of poems that he published in a Baltimore periodical under the pen-name of "the late Henry Ellen, Esq." After serving throughout the civil war as quartermaster and captain in the Confederate army, he settled in Norfolk, Virginia, was superintendent of public schools, and edited the Norfolk "Landmark," a daily newspaper. On the one hundredth anniversary of the surrender of Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown, 19 October, 1881, Mr. Hope, on the invitation of a joint committee of the United States senate and house of representatives, delivered an address entitled "Arms and the Man," afterward published with other poems (Norfolk, 1882). His writings include "Leoni di Monota" (Philadelphia, 1857); "Elegiac Ode, and Other Poems" (Norfolk, 1875)" and "Under the Empire" (1878).
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