Clipped From The Cincinnati Enquirer
. . HISTORIAN 'Succumbs To Illness. William Henry Venable Dies at 3It.' Tusculum Home. Poet. Novelist and Educator Was Contributor To Literature of -Ohio -Ohio Valley. William Henry Venable. widely known historian, poet, novelist and educator, died after a long; illness yesterday morning: jit his home. 3649 Vineyard place, ML Tusculum. He was 85 years old. He had carried on his literary work until it was interrupted interrupted by his illness. Dr. Venable was born April 2. 1S.T6. a log house built by his father on a farm near Waynesville. Warren County. Ohio. In his youth, he began the historical investigations which later established his reputation as an authority in all that pertains to the literary annals of the Ohio Valley. Out of his early researches grew a series of notable historic works. "Ven-able's "Ven-able's "Ven-able's School History of the United States." published in 1872. for more than a generation was the standard textbook of Ohio and many other states. Not only as poet and historian, but as educator, essayist and novelist Dr. Venable contributed to the literature and traditions of the Ohio Valley. His "A Dream of Empire; or. The House of Blennerhassett." published in 18fti. was not only. 'one of' the best sellers of the period, but was pronounced by Benjamin Benjamin Parker as "the one greaW novel of the Burr-BlennerhaBSett Burr-BlennerhaBSett Burr-BlennerhaBSett episode and one of the strongest, most gracefully constructed and captivating of modern historical romances." Dr. Venable was graduated from I South-Western South-Western South-Western State Normal School in ' WSO. In 1H he received from De Pauw University, the degree of Doctor of Laws,. and. in lS&rt, from Ohio University, University, the degree of Doctor of Laws. In June, 1017, the University of Cincinnati Cincinnati conferred upon him the highest honor within its gift, the honorary degree degree of Doctor of Letters. Upon the publication of a volume of Dr. Venable's verses James Whitcomb itiley wrote io him: "The sweetest warbler of th whole enduring flock! Yours is the ever clear, true. pure, blithe and ripplitv? carol cf the Bird of Spring who sings because God makes him sing. The death of Dr. Venable marks the passing of the last member of that distinguished distinguished circle of American poets rep resented in Ohio by Alice anrf Phoebe Cary, William D. Gallagher. General William Haynes Lytle. Coates Kinney. John James Piatt. Sarah M. B. Piatt and William Dean Howell. Dr. Venable is survived by his widow, "Mary Vater Venable. ana by seven children: William Mayo Venable. Pitts burg; Bryant Venable and Emerson Vmable. Cincinnati; Colonel Russell V Venable, U. S. A.; Mary Venable and Mrs. M. B. Brady, Cincinnati, and Mrs. L. B. Tuckerman, Washington, D. C. The funeral will be held at the Venable Venable home to-morrow to-morrow to-morrow at 10 a. ra. Burial will be at Spring Grove Cemetery.