Thursday, February 27, 2003

Ohio Moments

Edward Rowland Sill was poet, educator


On Feb. 27, 1887, poet and educator Edward Rowland Sill died in Cleveland.

He served as superintendent of schools in Cuyahoga Falls and as English literature chairman at the University of California.

Born in Windsor, Conn., in 1841, Sill was orphaned as a child and spent summers with his uncle Elisha Sill, an early settler of Cuyahoga Falls.

He graduated from Yale and attended divinity school at Harvard, but decided on a career in education.

He taught in Wadsworth, Ohio, and Cuyahoga Falls, but ill health prompted him to move to California.

Sill wrote poetry and prose throughout his life. His book The Hermitage and Other Poems - the only one of his works to be published in his lifetime - came out in 1867.

Sill ended up returning to Ohio, where he died at age 46.

It wasn't until after his death that his family discovered how prolific a writer he was. He had seven books published posthumously.

Rebecca Goodman

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