John Osborne Sargent (1811 - 1891) MP

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Birthplace: Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Death: Died in New York, New York, New York, United States
Occupation: Attorney, author, editor, politician
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About John Osborne Sargent

John Osborne Sargent (1811–1891), who became a successful politician and journalist, started the Harvard Collegian, a college literary journal.

From The New York Times, obituaries, 1891

  • "John Osborne Sargent, one of the most noted of the lawyers of the last fifty years, died yesterday at his home, 28 East Thirty-fifth Street, at the ripe age of eighty-one." continue reading

From Edmund Clarence Stedman (ed.), An American Anthology 1787-1899 820 (Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1900)

  • "SARGENT, John Osborne, lawyer, b. Gloucester, Mass., 1811; d. New York, N.Y. 1891. Brother of Epes Sargent. Graduating from Harvard in 1830, he studied law and was admitted to the Suffolk bar in 1833. In 1841, after several years of journalism as well, he became a member of the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States. During his practice in Washington he was one of the managers of 'The Republic.' Mr. Sargent edited some of the English poets, with biographies. It was his purpose to make translations of all the Odes of Horace; and though he did not live to complete his work, his 'Horatian Echoes,' 1893, issued posthumously, with an introduction by O.W. Holmes, contains the majority of the Odes". (2)


From Massachusetts Historical Association: John O. Sargent papers, 1831-1912 Collection Description

  • This collection consists of the personal papers of John O. Sargent, of Boston and New York, including three volumes of correspondence, newspaper clippings, and calling cards related to his political and literary work, particularly his translations of Horace and of A. A. von Auersperg's The Last Knight; a European travel diary, including a typewritten transcript, 1861-1862; a scrapbook of correspondence related to the Sargent Prize at Harvard for translations of Horace, and correspondence, clippings, bills, receipts, and menus collected during his travels in Europe in 1889; and a scrapbook of writings by Sargent against slavery, including clippings about black troops, especially the 2nd Louisiana Regiment, 1863-1865. The collection contains correspondence related to Sargent's political work from Benjamin F. Butler, Henry Clay, Schuyler Colfax, Caleb Cushing, Edward Everett, Millard Fillmore, Horace Greeley, Reverdy Johnson, and William H. Seward, among others; related to his literary work from William Cullen Bryant, Epes Sargent Dixwell, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and Owen Wister, among others; and with and about inventor and engineer John Ericsson. The collection also contains material related to Sargent's interest in Harvard University, from which he graduated in 1830, and his involvement in various legal cases. Correspondence received after Sargent's death in 1891 is addressed to his daughter Georgiana Sargent.


  1. Vital Records of Gloucester MA - Births John Osborne, s. Epes, jr. and Hannah D., Sept. 20, 1811.
  2. Lawyers & Poetry
  3. Wilson, James Grant; Fiske, John, eds. (1900). "Sargent, Paul Dudley". Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. New York: D. Appleton.


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John O. Sargent's Timeline

September 20, 1811
Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
January 17, 1854
Age 42
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
May 10, 1858
Age 46
New York, New York, New York
December 28, 1891
Age 80
New York, New York, New York, United States
Age 79
Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
- present