David Ross Locke

David Ross Locke

Birth
Dutchess County, New York, USA
Death 15 Feb 1888 (aged 54)
Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio, USA
Burial Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID 8082786 · View Source
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Journalist, Satirist. He wrote "The Nasby Letters" under the pseudonym "Petroleum Vesuvius Nasby". The Nasby character was portrayed as an ignorant, violent, prejudiced pro-slavery supporter. These letters were often fancied by politicians and Union supporters during the Civil War. President Abraham Lincoln was often said to stop cabinet meetings to read aloud Locke's column. Once the Civil War ended he began to write more "Nasby Letters" as satiric propaganda for other causes.

Bio by: Mark Pawelczak


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Mark Pawelczak
  • Added: 13 Nov 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8082786
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for David Ross Locke (20 Sep 1833–15 Feb 1888), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8082786, citing Woodlawn Cemetery, Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .