John P. Poe attended Princeton University, graduating with the class of 1854. All six sons played football for Princeton. Son Edgar Allan Poe served as state Attorney General from 1907 to 1911.
Another son, John Prentiss "Johnny" Poe, Junior. coached at Navy and Virginia, and was killed in the Battle of Loos in World War I. Art Poe was selected to the College Football Hall of Fame, and Gresham Poe was head coach at Virginia.
He died in Ruxton, Baltimore County, October 14, 1909, and was buried in Baltimore"s Green Mount Cemetery.
John Poe, Senior was a lawyer as well as a leading member of the Maryland Democratic Party, and served as Dean of the University of Maryland School of Law.