Physician, writer. Born– November 4, 1854, Tuscaloosa. Parents– Elisha Wolsey (Alabama Chief Justice) and Lucy Lamb (Randall) Peck. Education– University of Alabama, A.B., M.A., 1876; post-graduate work at Columbia University and the Alliance in Paris; Bellevue Hospital Medical College, M.D., 1879. Free-lance writer for magazines and newspapers.  First poet laureate of Alabama, filling that post from 1930 to 1938. Died May 3, 1938.


Slowe, Betty.  “First State Poet Laureate a Local.” Tuscaloosa News,  June 25, 2012, pp. 1B, 3B.

Owen’s History of Alabama.


Alabama sketches. Chicago; A. C. McClurg & Co., 1902.

The Autumn Trail. Cedar Rapids, Iowa; The Torch Press, 1925.

Cap and Bells. New York; White, Stokes & Allen, 1886 (and four subsequent editions).

Fair Women of Today. New York; F. A. Stokes, 1895.

Maybloom and Myrtle. Boston; D. Estes & Co., 1910.

Rhymes and Roses. New York; F. A. Stokes, 1895.

Rings and Love Knots. New York; F. A. Stokes, 1892.

Song Lyrics; All For You. Cincinnati, Ohio; John Church Company, 1899.

Creole Song, Op. 85. Boston; W. A. Evans & Bro., 1883.

The Daffodil’s Secret, Op. 3, No. 2. New York; C. Saerchinger, 1904.

Mignon. New York; Edward Schuberth, 1893.


A collection of the papers of Samuel Mintern Peck, including correspondence and poems, is held by the Hoole Special Collections Library at the University of Alabama,