Post, Melville Davisson
|born on||19 April 1869 at 13:00 (= 1:00 PM )|
|Place||Clarksburg, West Virginia, 39n17, 80w21|
|Timezone||LMT m80w21 (is local mean time)|
|Astrology data||29°42' 01°27 Asc. 22°21'|
He earned a law degree from West Virginia University in 1892, and was married in 1903 to Ann Bloomfield Gamble Schofield. Their one child died while an infant, and Mrs. Post died of pneumonia in 1919 which was very common during that period.
Although Post's name is not immediately familiar to those outside specialist circles, many of his collections are still in print and many collections of detective fiction include works by Post. Post's best-known character is the mystery-solving, justice dispensing Virginian backwoodsman, Uncle Abner. Post also created two other recurring characters, Sir Henry Marquis and Randolph Mason. He also wrote two non-crime novels. His total output was approximately 230 titles.
He was an avid horseman, and died on June 23, 1930, after a fall from his horse.
Sy Scholfield quotes Charles A. Norton's book, "Melville Davisson Post: Man of Many Mysteries" (1974), p. 10: "Melville Davisson Post, according to the records kept in the family's Bible, was born at one o'clock on the afternoon of April 19, 1869."
- Vocation : Writers : Detective/ Mystery