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Guilford resident Fitz-Greene Halleck was a poet, essayist and Byron scholar. Born in Guilford, Halleck moved to New York at age 21 and worked in banking. He became the private secretary of philanthropist John Jacob Astor and he was a member of a…

Fitz-Greene Halleck House, 25 Water Street, Guilford. The poet was dubbed "the American Byron." He was born in Guilford July 8, 1790 and moved to New York City in May 1811 where he associated with the New York-based Knickerbocker Group. He lived…