Editor, writer. Born– May 21, 1839, Columbia, S.C. Parents– Mardici Heninrich and Rebecca (Lopez y Nunez) De Leon, Education– Attended Rugby Academy and Georgetown College, Washington, D.C. Employed as a clerk for the Topographical Engineering Bureau, 1858-1861; served in the Confederate Army, 1861-1865; edited Cosmopolite Magazine, 1865-1866; wrote for various New York newspapers and magazines, and translated French novels, 1866-1867; managing editor of Mobile Register, 1868-1876; editor, 1877-, while continuing to write for national publications;  edited the Mobile papers The Gossip and The Gulf Citizen, 1873-1896. Managed the Mobile Theater, 1873-1885. Organized and managed the Mobile Mardi Gras Carnival for 25 years; created carnivals for several other cities.  Published political writings under the name Dunne Browne. Lost his eyesight in 1903; sometimes called “The Blind Laureate of the Lost Cause.”  Died March 19, 1914.


Chaudron, Louis de V.  Biographical Sketch of the Author, in De Leon, Four Years in Rebel Capitals.  Mobile, Al.:  Gossip Printing Company, 1982.

Marquis Who’s Who online, and the Dictionary of American Biography, Vol. 5.


Belles, Beaux and Brains of the 60s. New York; G.W. Dillingham, 1907.

Coqsurcus; a Lay of a Very Late Encampment. Chicago; The Hanscom Printing Co., 1887.

Crag-Nest. Mobile, Ala.; Gossip Printing, 1897.

Creole and Puritan. Philadelphia; J. B. Lippincott, 1889.

Creole Carnivals. Atlanta; Author, 1899.

Cross Purposes. Philadelphia; Lippincott, 1871.

East, West and South. Mobile, Ala.; The Gossip Printing Co., 1891.

Four Years in Rebel Capitals. Mobile, Ala.; Gossip Printing, 1890.

An Innocent Cheat; or, Episodes of the Everlasting Comedy. New York; F. T. Neely, 1898.

F. John Holden, Unionist. St. Paul, Minn.; Price-McGill, 1893.

Joseph Wheeler; the Man, The Statesman, The Soldier. Atlanta; Byrd Printing, 1899.

Juny; or, Only One Octoroon’s Story. Mobile, Ala.; Gossip Printing Co., 1889.

A Novelette Trilogy. London; F. T. Neely, 1897.

Our Creole Carnivals. Mobile, Ala.; Gossip Press, 1890.

The Pride of the Mercers. Philadelphia; Lippincott, 1898.

The Puritan’s Daughter. Mobile, Ala.; Gossip Printing, 1891.

The Rending of the Solid South. Mobile, Ala.; Gossip Printing Co., 1895.

The Rock or the Rye. Mobile, Ala.; Gossip Printing, 1888.

Schooners That Bump on the Bar. Mobile, Ala.; Gossip Printing, 1894.

Society as I Have Foundered It. Mobile, Ala.; Gossip Printing, 1890.

Sybilla; a Romaunt of the Town. Mobile, Ala.; The Gossip Press, 1891.


South Songs. New York; Bleilock & Co., 1860.


A collection of the papers of Thomas Cooper De Leon is held by the Caroliniana Library at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.