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FOSDICK, William Whiteman, poet, born in Cincinnati, 28 January 1825 ; died there, 8 March 1862. His mother, Julia Drake, was an actress. He was graduated at Transylvania University in 1845, studied law in Louisville, and began practice in Covington, Kentucky, and afterward in Cincinnati. About this time Mr. Fosdick gained some distinction as a poet by a drama entitled " Tecumseh." He traveled in Mexico in 1847'9, and from 1851 till 1858 practiced law in New York City. He then returned to Ohio, and edited in Cincinnati the "Sketch Club," an illustrated paper that was supported by the artists of that City. He published "Malmiztic the Toltec," a novel (Cincinnati, 1851), and "Ariel, and other Poems" (New York, 1855).
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