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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing),
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Boker, George Henry, 1823-1890 Poet and dramatist; born in Philadelphia, Pa., Oct. 6, 1823; was graduated at Princeton College in 1842; studied law, but did not engage in practice. After a tour in Europe he applied himself to literary work. In 1871 President Grant appointed him United States minister to Turkey, and in 1875 he was transferred to Russia. He returned home in 1879. His poetical works include The lesson of life; Plays and poem's; Poems of the War; Street lyrics; and The book of the dead; and chief among his dramatic works are Calaynos; Anne Boleyn; Francesca da Rimini; The widow's marriage; and The betrothal. He died in Philadelphia, Jan. 2, 1890.