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date: 30 March 2020

Nicholson, Eliza Jane Poitevent Holbrooklocked

(11 March 1849–15 February 1896)
  • William H. Taft


Nicholson, Eliza Jane Poitevent Holbrook (11 March 1849–15 February 1896), newspaper publisher and poet, was born in Gainesville, Hancock County, Mississippi, the daughter of Captain William J. Poitevent, a builder-owner of steamboats and a lumber manufacturer, and Mary A. Russ. Because of her mother’s ill health, Eliza Poitevent spent much of her youth at the farm of her uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Kimball, some twenty miles from her birthplace. In 1867 she graduated from the Amite (La.) Female Seminary. She would later describe her time there as “useless education,” given the academic instructions imposed on “intellectual women” in that era. She began writing poems during her early teens. However, it was not until after her graduation that her first published efforts appeared in the ...

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