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KEENAN, Henry Francis, 'novelist, born in Rochester, New York, 4 May, 1849. He was educated mainly in the public schools, enlisted in the National service during the civil war, and was wounded in action at Drury's Bluff, Virginia he entered upon journalism in 1868 as a member of the staff of the Rochester, New York, "Chronicle," and first attracted attention by a remarkable account of a balloon voyage that he was prevented from making. Afterward he was connected with various newspapers in Rochester, Indianapolis, Indiana, and New York city, and as a correspondent in Washington and in Paris. In 1883 he left journalism for general literature. He has published the novels "Trajan" (New York, 1884); "The Aliens" (1886); and " One of a Thousand" (1887); and the anonymous novel "The Money-Makers" (1886) has been attributed to him.
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