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William Duane, Jr.

(Born: February 7, 1808 - Died: November 4, 1882)


Born in Philadelphia to William John Duane and Deborah Bache, as the first of 9 children. His father was secretary of the United States Treasury. His mother was a granddaughter of Benjamin Franklin.

He attended the University of Pennsylvania, 1822-1825. He was admitted to the bar in 1830, first practicing law in Pittsburgh, and then back in Philadelphia.

He contributed to the London edition of Notes and Queries, under the pen names "Uneda" and "M. E."

Married Louisa Brooks on November 6, 1833.

At least two children: Rev. Charles William Duane, rector of St. Andrew's Church, in west Philadelphia. And a daughter.


  • Brown, John Howard, ed., Lamb's Biographical Dictionary of the United States, vol. II: Chubb-Erich, Boston: James H. Lamb Co., 1900 (2:527)

  • Cutter, William Richard, ed., Memorial Biographies of the New-England Historical Genealogical Society, Boston: New-England Historical Genealogical Society, 1907 (vol VIII: 1880-1890) (8:117-118)

  • Heartman, Charles F. and James R. Canny, A Bibliography of First Printings of the Writings of Edgar Allan Poe, Hattiesburg, MS: The Book Farm, 1943.
  • Mabbott, Thomas Ollive, ed., The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe (Vols 2-3 Tales and Sketches), Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1978. (Second printing 1979)
  • Thomas, Dwight and David K. Jackson, The Poe Log: A Documentary Life of Edgar Allan Poe 1809-1849, Boston: G. K. Hall & Sons, 1987.
  • Wilson, James Grant and John Fiske, eds., Appleton's Cyclopedia of American Biography, New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1889, 2:236  (a brief note in an entry for William Duane, his grandfather and namesake)

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