Poe enlisted in the army at the age of eighteen, he began as a Private.He then ranked himself higher as a Sergeant Major. He created many gloomy stories,and one happy story. He then when to West Point Academy for college. After awhile he was in accumulated large debts. Even though he was a great student. He refused to pay them so he couldn't go back to college. After awhile he then married his first cousin Virginia. In 1834 Poe became an editor for magazines. Poe got very ill. He died at the age of 40 on October,7,1849.