Sunday, March 6, 2011

And maybe even her mother

American humorist Artemus Ward (the pen name of Charles Farrar Browne) died on this day in 1867.

Artemus Ward was Abraham Lincoln's favorite author, and he is said to have inspired Mark Twain, who saw him perform in Virginia City, Nevada. As a traveling lecturer, Ward was almost as popular as Twain.

Ward said:

"I have already given two cousins to the war, and I stand ready to sacrifice my wife's brother."

He died of tuberculosis at the age of 33.

To read about another American humorist who was born on this day, Click here

Other famous deaths on this day: Davy Crockett (1836), Louisa May Alcott (1888), Oliver Wendell Holmes (1935), Pearl S. Buck (1973).