Born William Sidney Porter, O. Henry led a fairly fascinating life. He was born in North Carolina and eventually moved to Texas. There he began courting and eventually married Athol Estes. Porter even worked for The Rolling Stone...a political/satire magazine.
Most notable in his life comes at a time of true trials. Porter was found to have embezzled from the bank with which he was employed. He fled, eventually winding up in Honduras. He only returned to visit his dying wife and then turned himself in to authorities.
While in jail, Porter wrote several short stories. O. Henry is most known for his twist endings.
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