Edgar Wilson "Bill" Nye (1850-1896) was a distinguished American
journalist, who later became widely known as a humorist. He was
also the founder and editor of the Laramie Boomerang. He adopted
the name "Bill Nye" after a character in a famous poem by Bret
Harte. The Boomerang was founded while Nye was the postmaster of
Larmie City, Wyoming Territory. It launched him to national fame,
gaining subscribers in every state and some foreign countries. Some
of his works include Bill Nye's Comic History of the United States,
Bill Nye and Boomerang, Bill Nye's History of England, and Bill
Nye's Red Book. Late in his career, he was briefly associated with
James Whitcomb Riley with whom he wrote two books. They also
appeared together on the lecture circuit. He also travelled and
lectured with Luther Burbank. He died of meningitis. A historical
marker honoring him is located in Pierce County, Wisconsin, between
the towns of Prescott and River Falls. A small monument marks his
birthplace in Shirley, Maine.
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