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Nye, Bill (25 August 1850–22 February 1896), American humorist and journalist, was born Edgar Wilson Nye in Shirley, Maine, the son of Franklin Nye, a lumberman, and Elizabeth Mitchell Loring. Nye actually grew up in Hudson, Wisconsin, where he “took [his] parents by the hand and gently led them” when he was but two, jested Nye years later. In Wisconsin he received nominal formal schooling. He tried his hand at farming, teaching, and studying law, but it was his interest in writing that developed most intensely and led him to write for small local newspapers. In fact, it was eventually his unsuccessful attempts to secure positions on Minneapolis and St. Paul newspapers that prompted Nye to leave the Midwest and head west in the spring of 1876....