Josh Billings

Josh Billings

Born: April 21, 1818

Died: October 14, 1885

Nationality: American

Occupation: Comedian, writer

Biography: Josh Billings was the pen name of 19th century American humorist Henry Wheeler Shaw. He was perhaps the second most famous humor writer and lecturer in the United States in the second half of the 19th century after Mark Twain, although his reputation has not endured so well with later generations.

Source/Notes: Josh Billings' Farmer's Allminax for the Year 1871. Also in:Old Probability: Perhaps Rain - Perhaps Not (1879)

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Source/Notes: Everybody's Friend: Or Josh Billing's Encyclopedia and Proverbial Philosophy of Wit and Humor (American Publishing Company, 1874), p. 270

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