Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography/Symonds, William Law
SYMONDS, William Law, author, b. in Raymond, Cumberland co., Me., in April, 1833; d. in New York city, 18 Jan., 1862. He was graduated at Bowdoin in 1854, studied theology at Cambridge divinity-school for two years, and occupied the pulpit of a Unitarian church in Chicopee, Mass., for several months. He then went to New York city and engaged in literary pursuits, contributing to magazines and newspapers, and producing many hundred cyclopædic articles on philosophical, historical, and biographical subjects. He also took charge temporarily of the Astor library.