Artemus Ward

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Noun1.Artemus Ward - United States writer of humorous tales of an itinerant showman (1834-1867)Artemus Ward - United States writer of humorous tales of an itinerant showman (1834-1867)
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It was one which I had heard attributed to every humorous person who had ever stood on American soil, from Columbus down to Artemus Ward.
Jim Smiley & His Jumping Frog'--a squib which would never have been written but to please Artemus Ward, & then it reached New York too late to appear in his book" (Clemens 1866).
Martin goes on to end his chapter on the meeting between the American bohemian and comedian Artemus Ward and a young Mark Twain with the unforgettable image of the pair drinking French wine, climbing on top of the roof of a miner's shack, and "as dawn broke over the Sierra Nevada, the pair just kept leaping.
The Quote Verifier, a useful reference book by Ralph Keyes, lists still other dubious originators: Yogi Berra, Eubie Blake, Kin Hubbard, Charles Kettering, and Artemus Ward.
Auburn was known as Ward, named after Revolutionary War Major General Artemus Ward, from 1778 to 1837.
I believe he maybe as important as Artemus Ward or Mark Twain for establishing a particularly American brand of humor.
To steal a line that's been attributed to Artemus Ward, among others, those are the things I didn't know, and the things that I knew (but just weren't so).
Sorcerers' Apprentices: 100 Years of Law Clerks at the United States Supreme Court by Artemus Ward and David L Weiden (New York: New York University Press, 2006) pages i-xiv, 1-358.
Artemus Ward [a popular nineteenth-century American humorist used that trick a good deal; then when the belated audience presently caught the joke he would look up with innocent surprise, as if wondering what they had found to laugh at.
Friendships--or at least acquaintanceships --with Artemus Ward, William Dean Howells, the Reverend Joseph Twichell, and others are touched upon, as is the contretemps with Matthew Arnold resulting from Arnold's denigration of Mark Twain in Civilization in the United States, in which he singled out the humor of Mark Twain as being representative of the philistine tastes of people of a lowly caste.
The pieces were widely syndicated in the American press, and were collected as Artemus Ward, His Book (1862), an edition of which was published in London in 1865.
In his first editorial in the June 1927 Record, Rochester quoted the American humorist Artemus Ward who frequently announced that "he was in show business and therefore had no principles.