James De Ruyter Blackwell, Sr. was born 18 March 1828 near Warrenton, Virginia. Graduated from Dickinson College and also attended Randolph-Macon College. Studied and practiced law but for health reasons gave it up and devoted his life to literature. He died in 1901. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: http://scrc.swem.wm.edu/wiki/index.php/James De Ruyter Blackwell, Sr..