Edgar Allan Poe

Events

Birth

Approx. 1-19-1809

Edgar Allan Poe is born in Boston, Massachusetts

Parents' Death

12-8-1811

Elizabeth Poe Dies of Tuberculosis in Richmond, VA. Day later his father David Poe also dies of tuberculosis. Edgar goes to live with John and Frances Allan as a foster child.

First Poem

11-15-1824

Pens first poem, "Last night, with many cares and toils oppre'd,/ Weary, I laid me on a couch to rest."

College

2-14-1826

Poe enrolls to the University of Virginia. His foster father only gives him enough money to get there. Poe struggles to make an everyday living.

Split With Allans

3-15-1827

Poe goes $2,000 in debt from gambling in college. Poe ditches college and the Allans. He moves to Baltimore with is aunt and cousin.

Death of Foster Mother

2-28-1829

Frances Allan, whom he loved dearly, dies in Richmond.

Marriage

5-16-1836

26 year old Poe marries his 13 year old cousin, Virginia Clemm.

Magazine Editor

7-15-1839

Poe is hired at Burton's Gentleman's Magazine.

Virginia Clemm Sickness

1-15-1842

While singing, blood comes out of Virginia Clemm's mouth, signaling Tuberculosis. The ensuing years are especially hard on Poe.

Death of Virginia Clemm

1-30-1847

After years of battling tuberculosis, Virginia Clemm dies in their home. Poe turns to alcohol for relief.

Death

10-7-1849

Edgar Allan Poe dies in Boston, MA, after he is found half conscious on the side of the street.