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William Henry Babcock
(January 19, 1849 - July 20, 1922)

1113 Independence Ave SE, Capitol Hill neighborhood, DC.

Babcock was an American author, folklorist and poet. He graduated from the Columbian University Law School, worked as a journalist, and practised law in Washington, first at the US Patent Office and then in private practice.

His books include The Brides of the Tiger: Tales of Adventure When These Colonies Were New (1892), Cian of the Chariots: A Romance of the Days of Arthur (1898), credited as the first Arthurian historical novel published in the United States, and The Tower of Wye (1901). A number of his books were set in Washington, including Cypress Beach (1884), An Invention of the Enemy (1889), and Kent Fort Manor (1903).

He published three books of poems, Lord Stirling's Stand, And Other Poems (1880), Lays from Over the Sea (1882), and Legends of the New World (1919) with subjects ranging from Edgar Allen Poe, and Walt Whitman, to travels in Cuba.

His essays and studies on folklore and history appeared in American Anthropologist, The Journal of American Folklore, The Folk-Lore Journal, and The Geographical Review. His scholarly publications include Recent History And Present Status Of The Vinland Problem (1921) The Two Lost Centuries of Britain (1890), Legendary Islands Of The Atlantic; A Study In Medieval Geography (1922), Early Norse Visits to North America (1913), and Legends of the New World (1919).

He lived at this address in the 1880s.