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O’Reilly, John Boyle (28 June 1844–10 August 1890), writer, was born in Castle Dowth, near Drogheda, County Meath, Ireland, the son of William David O’Reilly, a schoolmaster, and Eliza Boyle. Educated by his father, O’Reilly early gained newspaper experience by working, beginning at age eleven, first as an apprentice for the Drogheda ...

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Testut, Charles (1819?–01 July 1892), Romantic literary artist, journalist, and physician, was born Charles-Hippolyte-Joseph Testut in Auxerre, France, and though he emigrated to the United States in the late 1830s when he was in his early twenties, he remained a French citizen until his death in New Orleans, Louisiana. The details of Testut’s personal life are sketchy. In his writings he alluded to a brother, Eugène, and a sister, Marie, and he cherished the memory of his father, whom he referred to as a high-ranking official in the Rosicrucian movement. He also mentioned his wife and children and spoke fondly of his dozen or so grandchildren. It appears, however, that when he settled permanently in New Orleans in 1871 his family resided elsewhere....

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Warman, Cy (22 June 1855–07 April 1914), journalist and author, was born near Greenup, Illinois, the son of John Warman, a farmer, and Nancy Askew. He was educated in the common schools and became a farmer. When “old enough to vote” he sold his crop and horses, took a partner, and started a wheat brokerage at Pocahontas, Illinois. The business lasted only two weeks because his first large shipment to St. Louis arrived just as the wheat market collapsed. In 1879 he married Ida Blanche Hays; they had no children, and she died in 1887....