Nebraska Authors

Orsamus Charles Dake

Born 1832-01-19 Portage, NY (USA)

Died 1875-10-18
Lincoln, NE (USA)

Died from a brain hemorrhage at age 43

Buried 1875-10-18
Fremont, NE (USA)
Ridgeview Cemetery

The first published poet of Nebraska, Dake was one of the first hired professors at the newly-formed University of Nebraska.
Orsamus was part of Abraham Lincoln's inner circle in Lincoln, IL which led to a brief career in Washington D.C. with the Census Bureau.
As an ordained minister in Nebraska, Orsamus founded St. James Episcopal Church in Fremont and was instrumental in helping to establish Brownell Hall in Omaha.

Places Lived

Portage, NY
Edwardsville, IL
Lincoln, IL
Washington D.C.
Omaha, NE
Fremont, NE
Lincoln, NE

Author Of

  • Poetry
  • Journalism
  • Nonfiction




Madison University, NY


Professor of Rhetoric and English, University of Nebraska
Ordained Episcopal Minister
Editor of the Madison County Advertiser
Editor of the Lincoln, IL Herald


Nebraska Legends and Poems. 1871.
Midland Poems. 1873.
Nebraska Poetry: A Sesquicentennial Anthology, 1867-2017. 2017. (Contributor)

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