William Henry Irwin

William Henry Irwin

William Henry Irwin

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William Henry Irwin (Will) (September 14, 1873 - February 24, 1948) was a U.S. author, writer and journalist. He is associated with the muckrakers.

right|thumb|Will Irwin circa 1922

Early life

Irwin was born in Oneida, New York. In his early childhood the Irwin family moved to Clayville, NJ, a farming and mining center south of Utica. In about 1878 his father moved to Leadville, Colorado, establishing himself in the lumber business, and brought his family out. When his business failed Irwin's father moved the family to Twin Lakes, CO. A hotel business there failed too, and the family moved back to Leadville, to a bungalow at 125 West Twelfth Street. In 1889 they moved to Denver, where he graduated from High School. He cured himself of a diagnosed bout of tuberculosis by "roughing it" for a year as a cowboy.Robert V. Hudson. The Writing Game. A Biography of Will Irwin. Ames, IA: The Iowa State University Press, 1982.

Life at Stanford University

With a loan from his high school teacher Irwin entered Stanford University in September 1894. According to journalism historians Clifford Weigle and David Clark in their biographical sketch of Irwin,

"During four riotous years at Stanford, Irwin 'specialized' in campus politics, undergraduate theatricals and writing, and beer drinking and inventive pranks. Expelled three weeks before he was to have received the B.A. degree in 1898, he got the degree a year later after......

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