A. Minor Griswold

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A. Minor Griswold
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Pen name The Fat Contributor

Alphonso Minor Griswold (January 26, 1834 – March 14, 1891) was an American humorist, journalist, and lecturer, known by his pen name The Fat Contributor.[1] Born in Oneida County, New York, and educated at Hamilton College, he began his career in Buffalo, first working at a small paper called the Times and then at the Republic, where he began penning humorous articles signed "The Fat Contributor". Griswold joined the Cleveland Plain Dealer in 1860 as associate editor, and after nearly five years joined the Cincinnati Evening Times.[1][2] He toured the country giving humorous lectures, and died of apoplexy in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, while on tour at the age of 57.[1][3]


  1. ^ a b c Visscher, William Lightfoot (11 October 1908). "Ten Wise Men and Some More: Chapter V. Alphonso Minor Griswold". The Los Angeles Herald. pp. 11–12.
  2. ^ "Obituary: A. Minor Griswold". The American Stationer. Vol. 29. Howard Lockwood. 1891. p. 632.
  3. ^ "Griswold, Alphonso Miner". The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography Vol. VI. New York: J. T. White Company. 1896. p. 29.