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GRISWOLD, Alphonso Miner, journalist, born in Westmoreland. Oneida County, New York, 26 January, 1834. He was educated at Hamilton college and became a journalist in Buffalo, Detroit, Cleveland, and Cincinnati. His paragraphs and humorous essays under the pen-name of "The Fat Contributor "won him reputation, and he spent the years 1865-'78 in the lecture field, his topics being "American Antiquities," "Injun Meal," and " Queer Folks." In 1872-'83 he owned the Cincinnati "Saturday Night," a humorous literary journal, and since 1886 he has been an editor and one of the proprietors of " Texas Siftings."
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