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LOCKE, David Ross, satirist, born in Vestal, Broome County, New York, 20 September, 1833. He received a common school education, and learned the printer's trade in Cortland. After being connected with several western papers as a local reporter, he was successively editor and publisher in Ohio, from 1852 to 1860, of the Plymouth "Advertiser," Mansfield "Herald," Bucyrus "Journal," and Findlay "Jeffersonian." In the last named he published in 1860, under the signature of "Reverend Petroleum Vesuvious Nasby," a letter purporting to come from an ignorant and penniless Kentucky Democrat, who was devoted to free whiskey and the perpetuation of slavery, and who desired to be a postmaster. The development of this character, with various dramatic incidents, resulted in the long series of "Nasby" letters, which were soon transferred to the " Toledo Blade," of which their author became a proprietor and editor, and they have since been continued regularly. Mr. Locke has lectured in all the northern states, generally on political topics. In 1871 he removed to New York city and became managing editor of the "Evening Mail," but still maintained his connection with the "Blade." After several years' residence in New York he returned to Ohio. He has published "Divers Views, Opinions, and Prophecies of Yours Truly" (Cincinnati, 1865); "Swing-in' Round the Cirkle" (Boston, 1866); "Ekkoes from Kentucky" (1867); "The Moral History of America's Life Struggle" (1872); "The Struggles of P. V. Nasby" (1873); "The Morals of Abou ben Adhem: or, Eastern Fruit in Western Dishes" (1875); "A Paper City," a novel, being the history of a western hind speculation (1878); "Hannah Jane," a poem, and "Nasby in Exile" (1882); and pamphlets on political, social, and literary topics.
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