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April 25, 2013

The Birth of O. Henry

O. Henry    (1862 - 1910)

O. Henry
(1862 – 1910)

On this day in 1898 William S. Porter — the drug store clerk, cowboy, fugitive, bank teller, cartoonist and future “O. Henry” — began a five-year prison sentence for embezzlement. Porter had published several stories prior to his prison term, but the fourteen written behind bars represented a new style and quality, and began his rise to fame.

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