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DAVIS, L. Clark, journalist, born near Sandusky, Ohio, 25 September 1835. He was educated in the common schools, and early turned his attention to journalism, becoming an editorial writer for various Philadelphia papers. In 1869 he assumed the management of the Philadelphia" Inquirer," which he has held ever since. To his efforts are due the first passage of laws for regulating the admission of the insane into asylums in Pennsylvania, and the amelioration of their condition. Mr. Davis has been a contributor to magazine literature since 1867, has written many short stories and essays on the dramatic art, and has also published " The Stranded Ship" (New York, 1869). His wife, Rebecca Harding, author, born in Washington, Pennsylvania, 24 June 1831, passed her early life in West Virginia, and first attracted attention as a writer by her "Life in the Iron Mills," published in the "Atlantic Monthly" in 1861. To the same periodical she contributed, a few months later, " A Story of Today," published in book form, under the title of "Margaret Howth" (1861). In 1863 she was married and went to reside in Philadelphia. In 1869 she became an editorial writer on the staff of the New York " Tribune." In addition to sketches, stories, and editorial work, she has published " Waiting for the Verdict" (Philadelphia, 1867); "Dallas Galbraith " (1868); "John Andross" (1875); "Berrytown" (1876); and "A Law unto Herself" (.1878).
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