Franklin Pierce Adams

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General Information

Name: Franklin Pierce Adams

Pen Name: F.P.A.

Genre: N/A

Born: November 15, 1881 in Chicago, Illinois

Died: March 23, 1960 in New York City, New York

Illinois Connection

Adams was born in Chicago, Illinois and lived there until 1904.

Biographical and Professional Information

Franklin Pierce Adams was a columnist, most well known by his initials F.P.A., and also for his wit, his newspaper column, "The Conning Tower", and his appearances as a regular panelist on radio's Information Please. He was a member of the Algonquin Round Table of the 1920s and 1930s. He signed on with the Chicago Journal in 1903 where he wrote a weather column and then a humor column, "A Little about Everything".

Famous Quotes:

"I find that a great part of the information I have was acquired by looking up something and finding something else on the way."

"To err is human; to forgive, infrequent."

"Elections are won by men and women chiefly because most people vote against somebody rather than for somebody."

Published Works

  • Tobogganning on Parnassus, Doubleday & Co , 1911
  • Answer This One: Questions for Everybody, Edward J. Clode, 1927
  • The Melancholy Lute, Dover Publications, 1936

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Literary Awards


External Links

Franklin Pierce Adams on WorldCat


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