A chronology of key events in the life of William Oland Bourne, 1819-1901.
Born in Germantown, Pa., sixth son of Rev. George Bourne (1780-1845) and Mary Oland Stibbs Bourne (1780-1851)
Bourne family moved to New York
Elected correspondent, Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia in March
Married Adelia Martin (1814-Apr. 17, 1882), daughter of Francis Martin, on November 25; Rev. George Bourne officiated
Published The Sale of a Distillery: A Pencilling of the Present Age External (New York: Saxton & Miles)
Daughter Ella Oland Bourne born in December
Registrar and assistant librarian of the New York Free Academy
Lived in Lowville, N.Y., while editor of the Lowville Journal
Published Poems of Hope and Action External (New York: G. P. Putnam)
Published Little Silverstring, or, Tales and Poems for the Young (New York: Charles Scribner)
Published Gems from Fable Land: A Collection of Fables Illustrated by Facts External (New York: Charles Scribner)
Published Goldenlink, or, Tales and Poems for the Young (New York: Charles Scribner)
Publication of The Iron Platform began with Bourne as a contributor. Bourne began editing the workingman’s publication in 1861.
Received patent for an ore separator; additional patents awarded in 1859 and 1860
Secretary, New York Association of Sunday School Teachers
Published The Republic. A Poem External (New York: Richard Brinkerhoff)
Corresponding secretary, Workingmen’s Democratic Republican Association in New York
Chaplain, Central Park Hospital in New York City
Published Poems of the Republic External(New York: E.O. Jenkins)
Editor, The Soldier's Friend newspaper
First Left-Handed Penmanship contest announced in the June issue of The Soldier’s Friend
Exhibition of Left-Handed Penmanship contest entries in New York City in February; closed at noon on March 1
Left-Handed Penmanship award committee issued report on March 2
Bourne and committee from Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Union in Washington, D.C. met with President Andrew Johnson on April 28 to invite him to attend left-handed penmanship exhibition
Exhibition of Left-Handed Penmanship contest entries opened on May 1 at Seaton Hall in Washington, D.C.
The Soldier’s Friend became The Soldier’s Friend, and Grand Army of the Republic with December 1866 issue
Second Left-Handed Penmanship contest announced in the March issue of The Soldier’s Friend, and Grand Army of the Republic
Daughter Ella married to John Maxwell on August 21; Rev. Roland H. Bourne officiated, assisted by Rev. Samuel Maxwell, Jr.
Published The History of the Public School Society of the City of New York (New York: W. Wood & Co.)
Editor, The Prisoner's Friend and National Reformer's Journal
Clerk, New York City Board of Education
Published, with George Henry Curtis, The Centennial School Singer, Containing Songs of Patriotism and Peace, for the Children of the American Union (New York and Chicago: Biglow & Main)
Published, Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep. The Prayer of Childhood in Literature and Song (New York: Anson D. F. Randolph & Company). New and enlarged edition published in 1894.
Wife Adelia Martin Bourne died on April 17
Died, June 6, in Montclair, N.J., at the home of his daughter Ella Bourne Maxwell.
Buried at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Death notices appeared in newspapers across the country, including one with a photograph of Bourne in the June 7, 1901 issue of New York Tribune, the paper once edited by his friend Horace Greeley.