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This Day in Georgia History

September 14, 1917

Byron Herbert Reece Born

Poet and novelist Byron Herbert Reece was born near Blairsville, Georgia. Despite never completing a formal college education, Reese wrote several novels and collections of poetry in north Georgia. In the early 1950s, Reece was offered the position of poet in residence at UCLA. While there, he wrote Bow Down in Jericho. Later, he took positions of poet in residence at Young Harris College and Emory University. Reece committed suicide at Young Harris College on June 3, 1958.