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PIATT, John James, poet, born in James Mill (now Milton), Indiana, 1 March, 1835. He was sent at the age of fourteen to learn the printing business in the office of the Ohio "State Journal," and subsequently studied in Capitol university and Kenyon college, but was not graduated. In 1859 he became associated with George D. Prentice, and at the same time a contributor to the Louisville . "Journal." He was appointed clerk in the United States treasury department at Washington in 1861, and remained there for six years, when he returned to Cincinnati and was successively connected with the " Chronicle" and " Commercial" of that city. In 1870 he was made enrolling clerk of the United States house of representatives in Washington, and in 1871 he became its librarian. Mr. Piatt was appointed United States consul at Cork (Queenstown), Ireland, in 1882, which office he now (1888) holds. His first poetical contributions were made to the Louisville "Journal " in 1857, and in 1859 he became a contributor to the "Atlantic Monthly." His publications in book-form include "Poems of Two Friends," with William D. Howells (Columbus. 1860); "The Nests at Washington, and other Poems," with Mrs. Piatt (New York, 1864) ; "Poems in Sunshine and Firelight" (Cincinnati, 1866) ; "Western Windows, and other Poems" (New York, 1869); " Landmarks, and other Poems" (1871); "Poems of George D. Prentice," edited with a biographical sketch (Cincinnati, 1875); "Poems of House and Home" (Boston, 1878);" The Union of American Poetry and Art" (Cincinnati, 1880-'1); "The Children Out-of-Doors: a Book of Verses by Two in One House," with Mrs. Piatt (Edinburgh, 1884); "Idyls and Lyrics of the Ohio Valley" (London, 1884: Boston, 1888); and " At the Holy Well: a Handful of New Verses" (Dublin, 1887). --His wife, Sarah Morgan Bryan, born in Lexington, Kentucky, 11 August, 1836, is the granddaughter of Morgan Bryan, an early settler in Kentucky. She was graduated at Henry female college in Newcastle, Kentucky, in 1854, and married Mr. Piatt in 1861. Her early poems appeared in the Louisville "Journal" and the "New York Ledger," and gained for her recognition from Fitz-Greene Halleck and George D. Prentice. In addition to the works previously mentioned with her husband, she has published "A Woman's Poems" (Boston, 1871) ; "A Voyage to the Fortunate Isles, and other Poems" (1874); "That New World, and other Poems" (1876); "Poems in Company with Children" (1877); "Dramatic Persons and Moods" (1879); "An Irish Garland" (Edinburgh, 1884) ; "Selected Poems" (London, 1885) ; "In Primrose Time" (1886) ; and "Child's-World Ballads" (1887).
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