Ben Ames Williams

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Macon, Mississippi, USA
American short-story writer and novelist Ben Ames Williams was born in Macon, Mississippi, in 1889. Shortly afterwards his father, a newspaperman, bought the "Jackson Standard Journal" in Jackson, Ohio, and the family moved there. Williams grew up in the newspaper business, and while in high school he worked at the paper, starting at the bottom and eventually working his way up to writing and editing.

He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1910 and was offered a job teaching at a boys school in Connecticut, but instead took a position as a reporter for the "Boston American" newspaper. Read more...