Permission to publish material from the Samuel Minturn Peck Poems must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.
Biographical / Historical
Samuel Minturn Peck was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in 1854. He attended the University of Alabama and obtained a masters degree in Literature, and he went on to medical school in New York, were he obtained an MD in 1878. However, he never practiced medicine but eventually returned to Tuscaloosa to write and publish short stories, poems, and articles. In 1930, Peck became Alabama’s first Poet Laureate, and he held this position until his death in 1938.