American writer, playwright, and humorist who wrote the plays The College Widow and The Fair Co-ed, as well as the unique Fables in Slang.
In college, he worked for the Lafayette Call. After joining the Sigma Chi fraternity, he met his lifelong friend, the fellow cartoonist John T. McCutcheon.
His idol was the acclaimed author Mark Twain, and he tried to follow his example with his expert use of the American language.
He was raised in a home with six siblings.
While attending college he became a Sigma Chi fraternity brother, similar to Hank Stram.
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