Robert T Conrad, an American jurist and author, born in Philadelphia, June 10, 1810, died June 27, 1858. While studying law, he wrote his first tragedy, "Conrad of Naples," which was produced successfully in the principal theatres of the country. Admitted to the bar at an early age, he became connected with the press, and after other editorial labors began in 1822 the publication of the "Daily Intelligencer " newspaper, which was subsequently merged in the "Philadelphia Gazette." He was obliged by ill health to abandon the labors of daily editorship, resumed the practice of law in 1834, and was appointed recorder of the recorder's court in 1835, judge of the court of criminal sessions in 1838, and of the court of general sessions in 1840. He afterward resumed practice as an advocate, and was editor of " Graham's Magazine," contributor to the "North American," president of a railroad company, and mayor of Philadelphia. While attending to his duties on the bench, he wrote the tragedy of "Aylmere," the hero of which is Jack Cade, who takes the name of Aylmere while in exile in Italy, and is represented as a democratic patriot. He wrote another tragedy, "The Heretic," which has not been acted or published.
A volume appeared from him in 1852, under the title of " Aylmere, or the Bondman of Kent, and other Poems." The principal of the additional poems are "The Sons of the Wilderness," composed of reflections on the fate of the Indians, and a series of sonnets on the Lord's prayer.