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Moran, Benjamin (01 August 1820–20 June 1886), diplomat and writer, was born in Chester County, Pennsylvania, the son of William Moran, a textile mill manager. His mother’s name is unknown. Moran completed public school and then left home for Philadelphia, where he found employment in a printer’s shop. Apparently he received some additional education at the Franklin Institute, developed an interest in writing, and as a young man published some poems and sketches. Intent on making his mark as a writer, Moran left the printer’s trade and in 1851 sailed for England. His literary career was brief and undistinguished. An account of his travels, ...