On January 19, 1809, Poe was left an orphan after his mother passed suddenly after childbirth. The young Poe was raised by the John and France Allan family of Richmond, Virginia. It was in Richmond that the young child grew up and flourished. Poe studied at the Unversity of Virginia for just one semester before turning his aspirations towards enlistment in the Army. His career in the Army was short lived as the youngster found life as a cadet at West Point more than he bargained for.


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