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JUDSON, Edward Z. C., author, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1822; died in Stamford, Delaware County, New York, 16 July, 1886. His father was a lawyer, and intended to educate the son for the bar, but he ran away to sea as a cabin boy, and the next year shipped on board of a. man-of-war. When thirteen years old he rescued the crew of a boat that had been run down by a Fulton ferry boat, and received from President Van Buren a commission as mid-shipman in the United States navy. On being assigned to the "Levant," he fought seven duels with midshipmen who refused to mess with him because he had been a common sailor, and escaped from each without a wound. During the civil war he was chief of scouts among the Indians, with the rank of colonel, and during his service received twenty wounds. His first literary efforts began with a story of adventure in the "Knickerbocker Magazine" in 1838. He became editor of a weekly story paper, called "Ned Buntline's Own," in 1848, and during the Astor place riots was arrested for exciting an outbreak through its columns. In September, 1849, he was sentenced to a $250 fine and a year's imprisonment. After his release he devoted himself to writing sensational stories for weekly newspapers under the pen-name of "Ned Buntline," and his income from this source is said to have amounted to $20,000 a year. He was a frequent lecturer on temperance, and until the presidential canvass of 1884 was an ardent Republican politician.
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