William Hayley

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Birthday
9, 1745
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Nov 12, 1820 (75)
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
9, 1745
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Nov 12, 1820 (75)

About

An English author, poet, and biographer of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, he is most remembered for his biography of William Cowper. His other notable works include A Philosophical Essay on Old Maids and The Triumphs of Temper.

Before Fame

He attended Trinity Hall, Cambridge before moving to London in 1767.

Trivia

His fame made him the logical nominee for the 1790 English Poet Laureateship, but he refused the honor.

Family Life

He was married twice-- to Eliza Ball, and after her death, to Mary Welford-- and had no children.

Associated With

He wrote a biography, The Life of Cowper, of his poet and hymn-writer friend William Cowper. The poet-artist William Blake, another friend, illustrated the work.