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Henry Wheeler Shaw

Writer, born in Lanesboro, Massachusetts, USA. He studied at Hamilton College (1832–3) but was dismissed for removing the clapper from the chapel bell. He then travelled widely, held a variety of jobs, and settled in Poughkeepsie, NY where he became a realtor and auctioneer. Using his pen name, he wrote humorous aphorisms (with crude misspellings), as in Josh Billings, His Sayings (1865), and a parody annual, Farmer's Allminax (1869–80). Once he became successful, he moved to New York City.

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