De Quille, Dan
- Lawrence I. Berkove
De Quille, Dan (09 May 1829–16 March 1898), humorist and journalist, was born William Wright near Fredericktown, Ohio, to Paxson Wright and Lucinda Markley, farmers. Wright was the oldest of nine children. In 1847 his father moved the family to a farm near West Liberty, Iowa, but died soon afterward, leaving Wright with the responsibility for the farm and the rest of the family. In 1853 Wright married Caroline Coleman and started his own family. Five children were born in quick succession to the couple, two of whom died in infancy....