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ENGLISH, Thomas Dunn (1819-1902)

ENGLISH, THOMAS DUNN, a Representative from New Jersey; born in Philadelphia, Pa., June 29, 1819; attended the Friends' Academy, Burlington, N.J., and was graduated from the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia in 1839; studied law; was admitted to the Philadelphia bar in 1842, but mainly pursued journalism; wrote the song Ben Bolt in 1843, and was the author of many poems, ballads, and lyrics; moved to Virginia in 1852; moved to New York City in 1857, and to Newark, N.J., a year later; member of the State house of assembly in 1863 and 1864; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-second and Fifty-third Congresses (March 4, 1891-March 3, 1895); chairman, Committee on Alcoholic Liquor Traffic (Fifty-third Congress); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1894 to the Fifty-fourth Congress; resumed his former literary pursuits in Newark, N.J., until his death on April 1, 1902; interment in Fairmont Cemetery.

New-York Historical Society
New York, NY
Papers: n.d.; November 14, 1891. 2 letters.
Finding aid in repository.


New York Public Library
New York, NY
Papers: Autobiographical sketch (manuscript).

University of Virginia
Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
Charlottesville, VA
Papers: 1887, 1 item.
A letter from Esther Singleton to Dr. Thomas Dunn English written on March 21, 1887. In the letter, Esther Singleton requests that English, author of "Ben Bolt," send corrections of proof and additional information for Appleton's cyclopædia of American biography.

  • English, Thomas Dunn. 1844; or, The power of the "S. F." A tale: developing the secret action of parties during the presidential campaign of 1844. New York: Burgess, Stringer & Co. [etc.], 1847.
  • ------. American Ballads. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1880.
  • ------. The Boy's Book of Battle-Lyrics. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1885.
  • ------. Fairy Stories and Wonder Tales. Illustrated by Elizabeth S. Tucker. New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, Publishers, 1897.
  • ------. Hurrah for you, Old Glory. A new folk song. Newark, N. J.: A. English, 1895.
  • ------. Jacob Schuyler's millions. A novel. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1886.
  • ------. The Little Giant, The Big Dwarf, and Two Other Wonder-Tales for Boys and Girls from Eight to Eighty Years Old. Chicago: A.C. McClurg and Company, 1904.
  • ------. Model speeches for all school occasions [microform]: Containing original addresses and orations on everything appertaining to school life: Comprising set speeches on opening and dedicating new schools and academies. By Christol Ogden. New York: Dick & Fitzgerald, 1888.
  • ------. Piece of poetry (Ben Bolt) Portrait of Englsh, Th. D. [N.p., n.d.]
  • ------. The rules of order governing public meetings, together with the methods of organizing and conducting societies, associations ... etc., etc. ... New York: Excelsior Publishing House, [1887].
  • ------. The Select Poems of Dr. Thomas Dunn English. Edited by Alice English. Newark, N.J.: Published by Private Subscription, 1894.
  • ------. Snaffles' Dog. New York: Dick and Fitzgerald, 1879.
  • ------. Zephaniah Doolittle; a poem. 2d ed. Philadelphia: Printed by C. Alexander, 1838.
  • Moriarty, Joseph F. A literary tomahawking: The libel action of Edgar Allan Poe vs. Thomas Dunn English; a complete report of the documents of the case and materials about Poe, published for the first time. [N.p.], 1963.
  • Moss, Sidney Phil. Poe's major crisis: His libel suit and New York's literary world. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1970.