Poet; born in St. Louis, Mo.
, Sept. 2, 1850; was educated at Williams and Knox colleges, and at the University
; studied abroad, and on his return to the United States
He was on the editorial staff of several newspapers in Kansas City
and St. Louis
, and on the Denver Tribune
Later he moved to Chicago
, and in 1883 became a member of the editorial staff of the Chicago Daily news
, in which his poem entitled Sharps and Flats
was first published.
His poems for children are admirable for their simplicity.
His Wynken, Blynken and nod
; Little boy Blue
, and other poems for little folks are widely known.
His other works comprise Love songs of childhood
; A little book of Western verse
; A second book of verse
; The Holy cross and other tales
; With trumpet and drum
, and the unfinished work, The love affair of a Bibliomaniac
He died in Chicago
, Nov. 4, 1895.