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William Walton Hoskins
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Birth: Aug. 2, 1856
Holmes County
Mississippi, USA
Death: Jun., 1919
Hinds County
Mississippi, USA

William Walton Hoskins was educated for the bar and the pulpit but like his father and brother, John Stone Hoskins Sr. and Jr., was more successful in the newspaper business.
He was editor of the Lexington Advertiser and the Corinth Corinthian, and was the author of "Atlantis, and Other Poems" (Philadelphia: Sherman & Co., 1881).

The Mississippi Poets, by Ernestine Clayton Deavours (1922), p.94: "Born in Holmes county in 1856, Mr. Hoskins has been a lawyer, a minister, and an editor, in which last capacity he had control of papers at Lexington and Corinth."

Entered the University of Mississippi, 1872 (Historical & Current Catalog, 1893-94, p.64; 1910 catalog, pp. 161,368).

In November 1877 he was appointed editor of the Corinthian and held that position for about two years.

He married June 3, 1878, at Corinth, to Mary Williams Inge, daughter of Col. William Murphy Inge and Augusta Evans Wynn.

The WILLIAM WALTON HOSKINS PAPERS at the Mississippi State Archives contains 3 folders of papers from 1893. The archives website has a brief biography of him:
"Enrolling at the University of Mississippi in 1872, William Walton Hoskins studied to become a lawyer and minister. He also served as editor of the Lexington Advertiser and the Corinthian. Hoskins championed the cause of prohibition, lecturing throughout the South on the subject. He compiled an anthology of his poetry entitled Atlantis, and Other Poems.... He married Mary Evans Inge (sic), and by 1893, he was living in Atlanta, Georgia, where he worked for the Southern Christian Printing and Publishing Company."

The collection includes a copy of his 1881 book of poetry and two 1893 letters to a Mr. Wellborn, and printed materials such as an undated broadside announcing Hoskins's prohibition lecture entitled "A Plea for Wife and Home" and an undated, annotated prohibition leaflet entitled "Philip Raymond: A Plea for Wife and Home."

Hoskins inscribed the first page of Atlantis, and Other Poems with a poem composed on March 26, 1893, for an undisclosed audience.
In the letters written on Southern Christian Printing and Publishing Company letterhead in 1893, Hoskins first wrote Mr. Wellborn to obtain a manuscript entitled "The Promise Fulfilled," and in the second letter Hoskins thanked Mr. Wellborn for sending it. Hoskins annotated the prohibition leaflet entitled "Philip Raymond" with notes about his lectures throughout the South and his intention to start a prohibition newspaper entitled the Life-Line in Atlanta, Georgia.
(ref., The Paradox of Southern Progressivism, 1880-1930 By William A. Link, p.335.)

Mississippi Daily Commercial, Nov. 14, 1877, p.2: John H. Miller, Esq.,the able and fearless editor of the Corinthian, published at Corinth, Alcorn county, Miss., retires from the control of that journal, and turns it over to Mr. W.W. Hoskins, recently of the Holmes county press. To the outgoing editor we extend our best wishes , and to the incoming one we tender a cordial welcome to his new and enlarged sphere of journalistic duty.

Mississippi Daily Commercial, Dec. 5, 1877, p.2:
The Corinth Corinthian mentions that there is a club in Nashville, Tenn. called the "Ugly Club," and that "there is always room enough for one more in this order." Wonder if Hoskins has sent in his application for membership.

From Stephanie L. Sandy, who has studied the history of Corinth newspapers: "There is a reference to the Corinthian, being established 22 Apr 1876, by 19 Aug 1876, John H. Miller was editor and publisher. There is no evidence connecting this paper with the Corinthian established in 1894 by J. C. Martin. The one surviving issue, 19 Aug 1876, seems to be in the hands of Gertrude Sanders of Corinth in 1942." Additional notes from her:
In the 1870's The Herald or the Corinth Herald was the name of a newspaper published at Corinth. The Herald & the Corinthian were published by J. M. Martin and later his son Judson C. Martin. The Corinthian or The Weekly Corinthian, was a name used in 1894. "In 1870, Major Jefferson L. Wofford was editor of the Corinth News. Prewar, he resided in Lexington, Holmes County. After the war, he came to Corinth and involved himself w/ many endeavors, politics, (he was an ardent Republican), including post master, U. S. Marshall, and something involving hay. Because WWH was from Lexington, I assume that it is possible that Wofford desperately needed a young man to run the newspaper and WWH might have been just the person." (Monograph by Stephanie L. Sandy of Corinth, Mississippi, used w/ permission.)

Mississippi Daily Commercial, Feb. 4, 1878, p.2: Last week's Corinthian is as full of wit as an egg is of meat. When did Hoskins get to be so awfully smart?

Mississippi Daily Commercial, Feb. 7, 1878, p.2: We publish in another column a very pretty poem from the pen of Mr. William Walton Hoskins, the talented young editor of the Corinth Corinthian. Thank you, Hoskins.

Mississippi Daily Commercial, June 5, 1878, p.4: The Annual exercises of the Press Convention--which takes place at the Garden to-night, interspersed with a music of a full concert, and are as follows:
Oration, F.G. Magee of the Enterprise Courier.
Essay, Geo. P. Herndon, of the Tupelo Journal.
Poems, by W.S. (sic) Hoskins of the Corinth Corinthian W.H. Kernan, of the Oklalona States, Mrs. Lide Meriweather, Mrs. H.D. Money and Mrs. Ellen Hebron.

New York Times, July 14, 1878:
The Lexington (Miss.) Advertiser of June 18 prints a "poem," dedicated to the Press Association of that State by an individual bearing the unpoetical name of William Walton Hoskins, author of "Glenabbe," "The First Martyr," "Forest Idyl," "From Dusk to Dawn," and "other poems." This poetry is both a "song of love" and "poem of the press." In the course of it, Hoskins amuses himself by asking and answering questions in this fervid way:
"Extend the hand of friendly faith unto your North-
ern brother.
And heart to heart adown the tide of time go on together?
Should you do this, you would prove false to all your
Southern heroes,
and bow the knee to each decree
of Northland's bloody Neroes.

Mississippi Daily Commercial, July 15, 1878, p.2: VERY severe on Senator Lamar is the Corinth Corinthian. It says, "the signs of the times point to Grant and Lamar, as probable Republican Presidential ticket for 1880." Do you really think so, Hoskins?

Cincinnati Daily Gazette, July 20, 1878, p. 8:
(same article from the N.Y. Times of July 15.

Mississippi Daily Commercial, Aug. 6, 1878, p.2:
We wouldn't like to accuse William Walton Hoskins of Plagiarism but the last poem of his is so like Tennyson in some of his happiest moments that we almost fancy we have read it before. This stanza, especially, reminds us of some of the sublimest utterances of the British Laureate.

I was on the express train which left Brook-
lyn prompt at ten
And had made, I think, about six miles or so,
When I went out on the rear of the hindmost
To discover if it was lighter or no.

But the compositor does the poet injustice in the third line. The poet evidently meant that he went out in the rear of the passenger and not on his rear.

Mississippi Daily Commercial, Aug. 7, 1878, p.2:
WILLIAM WALTON HOSKINS writes in the Corinthian, that the worthy editor of the Lexington Advertiser is his father. This is singular, Willie. Poets are 'most always orphans.

Mississippi Daily Commercial, Nov. 26, 1878, p.2: The editor of the Corinth Corinthian, alias North Mississippian, is called Willie Walton Hoskins, Willie writes at poetry. Willie also talks greenbacks. Willie's ideas of money are on a par with his ideals of poetry.--Vicksburg COMMERCIAL.
Now you stop abusing Willie, Mr. COMMERCIAL. Willie is all right, as a poet, and we don't believe he will ever follow Rube Davis any more. Come back into the Democratic ranks, Willie, and stay there.--Brandon Republican.
Very well. If the Prodigal Willie returns to his Democratic father's house, we'll promise not to kill the fatted calf. But we'll sing in our Sunday voice--"Willie we have missed you."

Mississippi Daily Commercial, April 28, 1879, p.2:
We learn from the Boonville Pleader that Col. W.M. Inge and W.W. Hoskins, of Corinth, editor of the North Mississippian, were fined fifty dollars each last Monday for carrying concealed weapons. This is the only way to enforce the law. The more respectable and prominent the parties are who violate the law, the more severe the penalty should be.

Same issue, next page:
Mississippi Daily Commercial, April 28, 1879, p.3:
Gimme the Satisfaction of a Gentleman,

Jackson Tribune and Sun.
It appears that Mr. W.W. Hoskins, editor of the Corinth North Mississippian, and Capt. Burkett, editor of the Chickasaw Messenger at Okolona, essayed to meet on the "field of honor" at Humboldt, in this State, on Tuesday, and atone in blood for the grievances each had against the other. Capt. Burkett, accompanied by ex-Sheriff Alexander, of Chickasaw county, Miss., and Mr. H. Clay Smith, of Corinth, passed through this city Monday evening on the M.& C.R.R., reaching Humboldt in due time, where he and party waited until next day for Mr. Hoskins and party. The latter failing to arrive, the Burkett party returned to Mississippi on Tuesday morning. The failure of the Hoskins party to arrive at Humboldt in time, we learn, was the result of missing the fast freight which they intended to take, and which passed Corinth nearly an hour sooner than expected.

Capt. W.H. Wynn, editor of the Lexington, Miss., Advertiser, as the friend of Mr. Hoskins, arrived in Jackson Tuesday at noon, having come around all the way by Grand Junction after missing the fast freight at Corinth en route for Humboldt to receive on behalf of his friend any communication Capt. Burkett's friends had to make. But on arriving here he learned that Capt. Burkett and party had passed back to Mississippi, and Capt. Wynn received a telegram requesting him to return to Corinth. He telegraphed for all the parties to meet him at Grand Junction next day, Wednesday, where a correspondence could be opened and a satisfactory arrangement effected. He left Jackson early Wednesday morning for Grand Junction, but up to this writing we have not learned the final issue. Hoping, however, that an honorable and amicable settlement will be effected, and that blood may be spared, we exhort Mississippians to abandon the bloody code to fight their duels of mind with arguments instead of blows.
Okolono Messenger, 24.
We offer as an excuse for the want of the usual amount of editorial matter in this issue of the Messenger, our unexpected and unavoidable absence during the first three days of this week, An invitation, in anything but complimentary terms, was extended to us by the North Mississippian to "show our metal;" and being of an obliging disposition, we went to Corinth with a fixed and determined purpose to entertain him with an exhibition of the kind requested. That the entire performance was not gone through with is no fault of ours, and we here and now disclaim any responsibility, for the failure in any particular part of the programme. The support we had a right to expect from the valiant(?) Greenbacker was wanting , even before the sheriff—a character not mentioned in the original play—emerged from behind the scene.

The part that well meaning "functionary" insisted upon enacting, so disarranged the programme that we were compelled to close the show, with the understanding, however, that the exhibition would be reopened at Humboldt, Tenn., on the following morning. The absence of the party, for whose benefit we had incurred so much trouble and expense, rendered the exhibition at Humboldt unremunerative, and we returned home in disgust. We are not going to "show" any more, at the request of a person so unappreciative, and Mr. W. W. Hoskins, the braggart, poet editor, who twangs that tuneful liar, the North Mississippian, need not invite us.

Mississippi Daily Commercial, June 7, 1879, p.2:
The North Mississippian, the green-back organ, published at Corinth and edited by Willie Walter Hoskins, the "sweet singer of Mississippi," has collapsed. "Gone, but not forgotten."

In 1880, W.W. and Mary Hoskins were living with his parents in Lexington and had had their first daughter, Augusta Inge Hoskins, born in 1879, and who died 1880-81.

New Orleans ITEM, March 9, 1881, p. 3, col. 3:
W.W. Hoskins of Corinth, Miss., attempted to commit suicide in Meridian, Miss., by jumping from the top of a two-story house. His injuries are not considered fatal.

Mississippi DAILY COMMERCIAL, March 9, 1881, p. 4:
Attempt at Suicide of W.W. Hoskins.
Meridian Mercury.
Mr. W.W. Hoskins, formerly connected with the press of the State, made an ineffectual attempt to commit suicide yesterday at the Washington hotel. He is a young man yet, and a few years ago married a lady of distinguished family at Corinth. He seems to have poetical genius, and was fond of cultivating the muse. The result of his flirtation with the Nine was a volume of poetical effusions, and he appears to have been wandering over the State trying to sell his book. He appeared here last week and got in jail on a charge of drunk and disorderly. He appears to have been contemplating suicide, and while in jail made two ineffectual and rather ridiculous attempts. When released yesterday he went to his room at the hotel. A window opens out upon the Broach wing two stories high. He went out upon the roof and either jumped off, rolled off or fell off the parapet wall to the pavement below. He was seen while making his perilous descent and picked up and carried to his room, strange to say, in a conscious condition. His wounds and contusions are terrible, but may not be fatal. He talked intelligently about it last evening, and said he had a deliberate intention of destroying his life, and that he was perfectly cool. If he could have succeeded in getting a pistol, he would have died by that instrument of death.

Newspaper abstracts from Stephanie L. Sandy:
The Sub-Soiler & Democrat, Vol. XII #42, Fri., Jan. 16, 1885: p. 3, c. 2 - Mr. W. W. Hoskins, pastor of the Methodist Church arrived in Greenwood with Mrs. Hoskins and their little son, Inge Hoskins. Mr. H. is the author of Atlantis & Other Poems. Mrs. Hoskins is the daughter of Col. W. M. Inge, an eminent lawyer of Corinth and speaker of the Lower House of our present Legislature. From the Greenwood Flag.

(On Jul. 13, 1887, his younger brother John Stone Hoskins, Jr., associate editor of the Lexington Bulletin, was shot dead during a heated argument with Bob Chatham, Republican candidate for the state legislature. Hoskins was unarmed.)

The Corinth Herald, Vol. XI #38, Fri., March 21, 1890: p. 6, c. 3 - W. W. Hoskins of Lexington has resumed the practice of law.

The Corinth Herald, Vol. XI #42, Fri., April 18, 1890: p. 1, c. 3 - Rev. Geo. S. Inge and family arrived from Portland, Maine, where he has been pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church for the past year.

The Sub-Soiler and Democrat, Vol. XXI #3, Fri., March 24, 1893: p. 3, c. 2 - "Last Friday Mrs. W. W. Hoskins returned from her shadowed home. Col. Inge, the father, was in somewhat improved health on her departure - Polly Hopkins in Durant Democrat, March 17, '93." (Abstracts from Monograph by Stephanie L. Sandy of Corinth, Mississippi, used w/ permission.)

By 1893, William and Mary Hoskins were living in Atlanta, Georgia, where he worked for the Southern Christian Printing and Publishing Company before his mental breakdown. They had returned to Lexington by the 1900 census, when Mary was listed as head of household though still married; three of their five children were living, two at home. Her husband William Hoskins is shown living next door in his widowed mother's household, age 43, no occupation listed. Their first child had been dead 20 years, his father nine years and his murdered brother eleven by this time. The 1910 census shows he was a patient at the state mental hospital in Jackson, Miss.
Wife Mary was living in Florence, Alabama in 1910.

Lives of Mississippi Authors, 1817-1967, edited by James B. Lloyd (1981) p. 238, states incorrectly that he died about 1910 at Baton Rouge. It also lists his wife as Mary Evans Inge.

New Orleans Times Picayune, Sunday, June 29, 1919, p.6:
Lexington, Miss., June 28.--W.W. Hoskins died at the sanitarium in Jackson and was buried here Thursday. Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. W.D. Wendel, pastor of the Methodist Church. He is survived by a wife and daughter.

Two of his sons were still living at that time also but not mentioned in the Times Picayune reference.

Date of interment: Thursday, June 26, 1919.

Family links: 
  John Stone Hoskins (1830 - 1891)
  Sarah Walton Hoskins (1834 - 1928)
  Mary Williams Inge Hoskins (1858 - 1938)
  Augusta Inge Hoskins (1879 - 1880)*
  William Inge Hoskins (1881 - 1921)*
  Irene Inge Hoskins (1884 - 1885)*
  Mary Walton Hoskins Bailes (1885 - 1961)*
  John Stone Hoskins (1888 - 1975)*
  William Walton Hoskins (1856 - 1919)
  John Stone Hoskins (1866 - 1887)*
*Calculated relationship
Odd Fellows Cemetery
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