The Museum Collection

Poe's Father in the Columbian Centinel for November 8, 1806

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Date: November 8, 1811
Format: Newspaper
Source: Museum Purchase
Collection: Poe Foundation, Inc.
Publisher: The Coumbian Centinel
Place of Publication: Boston
Publish Date: November 8, 1811


Edgar Allan Poe's father, David Poe Jr. (1784-1810?) is listed as playing the role of Bellmour in the November 10 performance of the tragedy jane Shore by N. Rowe. Born in Baltimore, David Poe, Jr. had abandoned the study of law to become an actor in 1803. He married Eliza Hopkins in April 1806 in Richmond. In October 1806, he made his stage debut in Boston. The editor of the Polyanthos wrote of his October 13 debut, "Mr. Poe possesses a full manly voice, of considerable extent; his utterance clear and distinct." This notice appeared less than a month later in the November 8, 1806 issue of the Boston newspaper The Columbian Centinel. David Poe's career lasted until October 18, 1809 when he made his last performance on the New York stage. Some time between that date and July 1811 he abandoned his wife and children, but the time and place of his death are unknown.