Pollard, Edward Alfred
- Ford Risley
Pollard, Edward Alfred (27 February 1831–16 December 1872), journalist and author, was born in Albemarle County, Virginia, the son of Richard Pollard, a diplomat, and Paulina Rives. His father was the U.S. chargé d’affaires in Chile from 1834 to 1841. Young Pollard entered Hampden-Sydney College and later transferred to the University of Virginia, from which he graduated in 1849. The next year he began studying law at the College of William and Mary, but he was asked to leave because of his involvement in a prank. Later he traveled extensively in North America, South America, Europe, and the Far East, working as a journalist. In 1858 he became a clerk for the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee. While in Washington he married, but the name of his wife, who died soon afterward, is not known....