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FRENCH, L. Virginia, poet, born on the eastern shore of Maryland in 1830; died at McMinnville, Tennessee, 31 March 1881. Her maiden name was Smith. Her maternal grandfather, Captain Thomas Parker, was an officer in the Revolutionary army. She was educated at Washington female seminary; Pennsylvania In 1848 she removed to Memphis, Tennessee, established a school, and under the signature of "lnconnue" contributed to local magazines and newspapers. In 1852 she became an associate editor of the "Southern Lady's Book," a fashion magazine published in New Orleans, and in January. 1853, married John L. French, of McMinnville, Tennessee, and for some time edited the "Crusader," a magazine published at Atlanta, Georgia Her collected works are "Wind Whispers," poems (New York, 1856);" Iztalilxo," a tragedy (1859); and "Legends of the South" (Atlanta, 1867).
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