Thomas Dunn English

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Thomas Dunn English

Thomas Dunn English (June 29 1819April 1 1902) was an American Democratic Party politician from New Jersey who represented the state's 6th congressional district in the House of Representatives from 1891 to 1895. He was also a published author and songwriter, who had a bitter ongoing feud with Edgar Allan Poe.


  • That was a day of delight and wonder.
    While lying the shade of the maple trees under—
    He felt the soft breeze at its frolicksome play;
    He smelled the sweet odor of newly mown hay.
    • Under the Trees, reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 494.
  • Don't you remember sweet Alice, Ben Bolt?
    Sweet Alice, whose hair was so brown;
    Who wept with delight when you gave her a smile,
    And trembled with fear at your frown!
    • Ben Bolt, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • Your eyes were filled with love, Kate Vane;
    Ah, would that we were young again!
    • Kate Vane, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).

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