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James Ryder Randall

James Ryder Randall
Randall at age 22

James Ryder Randall (January 1, 1839 – January 15, 1908) was an American journalist and poet. He is best remembered as the author of "Maryland, My Maryland".


Randall was born on January 1, 1839 in 20th President of Georgetown University.

He is most remembered for writing the poem "Maryland, My Maryland," which is also the reason for his being called the "Poet Laureate of the Lost Cause". It became a war hymn of the Confederacy after the poem's words were set to the tune "Lauriger Horatius" (the tune of O Tannenbaum) during the Civil War by Jennie Cary, a member of a prominent Maryland and Virginia family. It later became the state song of Maryland.

Randall wrote the poem after learning that his friend Francis X. Ward, of Randallstown, Maryland, was killed by the 6th Massachusetts Regiment in the Baltimore Riot of April 19, 1861.[1] The work was first published a week later on April 26, in the New Orleans newspaper The Sunday Delta.[2]

After abandoning his studies at

  • Biography at Catholic Encyclopedia
  • James Ryder Randall at Find a Grave
  • Sheet music for "There's life in the old land yet", Augusta, GA: Blackmar & Bro. From Confederate Imprints Sheet Music Collection.

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[9] James Ryder Randall Elementary School in Clinton, Maryland, bears his name.[8] He died on January 15, 1908 in

[2]. He continued to write poems, although none achieved the popularity of "Maryland, My Maryland". His later poems were deeply religious in nature.The Augusta Chronicle, for Washington, D.C. After the Civil War, Randall became a newspaper editor and a correspondent in [5][4]

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