Collier's New Encyclopedia (1921)/Whitman, Sarah Helen Power
WHITMAN, SARAH HELEN POWER, an American poet; born in Providence, R. I., in 1803. She married John W. Whitman, a Boston lawyer; was once engaged to Edgar Allan Poe, afterward writing a defense of him entitled “Edgar A. Poe and his Critics” (1860); and was noted for her conversational powers. She published several volumes of poems, among them being the volume “Hours of Life, and Other Poems” (1853); also “Fairy Ballads,” written with her sister, Anna M. Power. She died in Providence, R. I., June 27, 1878.