The New Student's Reference Work/Shillaber, Benjamin Penhallow
Shill′aber, Benjamin Penhallow, American humorist, known by his pen-name of Mrs. Partington, was born at Portsmouth, N. H., July 12, 1814, and died at Chelsea, Mass., Nov. 25, 1890. Taking early in life to a printing-office, he advanced to journalism, and successively was editor of the Boston Post, the Saturday Evening Gazette and of a comic journal, The Carpet-Bag, to which John G. Saxe was a contributor. In 1854 he published Life and Sayings of Mrs. Partington, which gave him a wide reputation. This was followed by many humorous writings.