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MORFORD, Henry, author, born in New Mort-mouth, New Jersey, 10 March, 1823; died in New York city, 5 May, 1881. He entered mercantile life at an early age, kept a country store, and was postmaster in his native town, but contributed to pc-riodicals from the age of seventeen. He established the "New Jersey Standard" at Middletown Point in 1852, in 1856 removed to New York, and from that date until 1868 was connected with the editorial management of several papers. He travelled in Europe in 1865, publishing afterward "Over Sea " (New York, 1867), and again in 1867 when he wrote "Paris in '67" (1867), and subsequently made various tours in connection with the authorship of " Morford's Short-trip Guide to Europe," which was published every year. He then established a " Short-trip Guide to America " for European publication. From 1861 till 1868 he was clerk of the New York court of common pleas. Mr. Morford wrote several plays, the best known of which are "The Merchant's Honor," and an irish drama, "The Bells of Shandon," and was editor and manager of the "Brooklyn New Monthly Magazine" from its first number, January, 1880, until his death. He published two volumes of poems entitled "Rhymes of Twenty Years" (New York, 1859), and "Rhymes of an Editor" (London, 1873) ; humorous sketches entitled "Sprees and Splashes" (New York, 1863); and several novels, which include " Shoulder-Straps" (Philadelphia, 1863) ; "The Coward" (1864); "The Days of Shoddy" (1864) ; " Utterly Wrecked" (New York, 1866) ; and "Only a Commoner" (London, 1871).
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