Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce, 1842 - 1913/14?

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Born: 24 June 1842, Meigs County, Ohio

Bierce grew up in a literary household in Indiana, attending high school at Warsaw, leaving home at fifteen to become a "printer's devil" at a small Ohio newspaper. He joined the Union Army's 9th Indiana Regiment in 1862, rising from first lieutenant to brevet major by the time he left the army in San Francisco in 1867 at which point he took up journalism. He was a contributor or editor of The San Francisco News Letter, The Argonaut, the Overland Monthly, The Californian, and The Wasp. He spent three years writing in England, returned to San Francisco, managed a mining company in the Dakota Territory, and finally returned to San Francisco and gained national prominence based on his columns for Hearst's San Francisco Examiner. He took on the railroads by traveling to Washington City to publicize and oppose the Railroad Refinancing Bill which would have forgiven the $130 million advanced for the building of the first transcontinental railroad, already featuring very generous terms. He was a deft satirist, which earned him the name Bitter Bierce, his precise spare use of the language is a delight to readers, especially to quote collectors. He went to Mexico in October 1913 and joined Pancho Villa's revolutionaries as an observer but vanished after sending a letter from Chihuahua on 26 December of that year.

Among his many writings is the body of work collectively known as The Devil's Dictionary, quotes from that are shown separately under Ambrose Bierce's The Devil's Dictionary.

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