An American author and poet best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre. Poe is considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre and is credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction. On October 3, 1849, he was found on the streets of Baltimore delirious and wearing clothes that were not his own. Poe is thought by some to have been the victim of cooping before his mysterious death. He died on this day at age 40.
Note: According to a 1906 article from The New York Times, Poe parted his hair on the right. Many photos seem to show the opposite, but that’s because the image is reversed in most daguerreotypes (the photographic process of the mid-1800s). Just saying.