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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 11 March 1883Maryville, Missouri, USA
Date of Death 24 May 1965New York City, New York, USA  (heart attack)
Height 6' 1½" (1.87 m)

Spouse (1)

Mae Bell Savell (7 February 1915 - 24 May 1965) (his death) (3 children)

Trivia (12)

Creighton and Homer, 2 sons who died in infancy; and daughter, Carol
Humorist, author and screenwriter.
Son of American pioneers who came West in a covered wagon.
Would like to say he was born the same year they built the Brooklyn Bridge.
"Like all farm boys" he once wrote "he hated physical labor and loved good victuals".
As a farm boy he would study his vest-pocket dictionary between chores and eventually began submitting articles to farm journals.
At the University of Missouri he claimed to be the first student at the first school of journalism in the world.
Began writing magazine articles for Butterick Publications (then edited by Theodore Dreiser) after failing English in his senior year of college.
Said after the publication of his first novel that he was paid in postage stamps.
Became stranded in India at the outbreak of World War One while on an around-the-world tour he was making on behalf of several American magazines. Unable to reach his sponsors, a friend (Mae Belle Savelle) was finally able to cable funds for his return. The following year (1915) they were married.
Gave himself the title "Two Gun Croy, The Law West of 125th Street".
Was a frequent contributor to the Saturday Evening Post.

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