The New Student's Reference Work/Poore, Benjamin Perley
Poore, Benjamin Perley, an American journalist, was born at Newburyport, Mass., Nov. 2, 1820. He was apprenticed to a printer when a boy and grew up in a newspaper office. From 1838 to 1840 he edited The Southern Whig at Atlanta, Ga. He was sent with the embassy to Belgium in 1841 as an attaché, and remained in Europe seven years. While abroad, he collected valuable data for the archives of Massachusetts. He became editor of The Congressional Directory in 1867. He published a number of works, among which those most largely sold were the Life of Zachary Taylor, the Conspiracy Trial for the Murder of Abraham Lincoln and Sixty Years at the Federal Metropolis. He died at Washington, D. C., May 30, 1887.