Ward: (1834-1867) American Humorist Writer
Artemus Ward was the penname of Charles Farrar Browne who was born
April 26, 1834 in Waterford,
Maine. He was apprenticed at age 13 to a printer, where he set type for several newspapers
in New England before a Boston print shop hired him in 1851.
In 1853 he became an editor on the Toledo
Commercial; between 1857 and 1861 he was an editor of the Cleveland
Plain Dealer, where the first of the "Artemus Ward "
series were published.
Among his many readers was Abraham Lincoln,
who read one of Ward's pieces to his Cabinet the day he presented the
Emancipation Proclamation, and Mark Twain.
In 1866 he visited England, where he became exceedingly popular both
as a lecturer. In the spring of the following year his health gave
way and he died of consumption at Southampton on
the 6th of March 1867.
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