EAF Author: Henry Wheeler Shaw (1818-1885)
Henry Wheeler Shaw was born in Massachusetts, but did not stay there. He traveled widely in his youth, eventually settling in New York. Shaw held jobs including realtor and auctioneer, but achieved some fame as a humorist. Adopting the pseudonym "Josh Billings," he began generating pithy and humorous (though terribly misspelled) sayings. These were collected in lectures and a number of print volumes, such as Josh Billings, Hiz Sayings--with, of course, the famously bad spelling.
Josh Billings, Hiz Sayings (1866)
Josh Billings on Ice, and Other Things (1868) (Restricted)
Manuscript: Lecture ad with note
Photo: Henry Wheeler Shaw
Portrait: Henry W. Shaw, "Josh Billings"