Harte, Francis Bret. American writer. Born in Albany in 1839. Was at different times a miner, school teacher, printer, and editor. From 1864 to 1870 Harte was in San Francisco as secretary of the United States Mint where, in 1870, he published "The Heathen Chinee." He was named American consul at Crefeld in 1878, and at Glasgow in 1880; after leaving the latter in 1885, lived in London. Among his works are "The Luck of Roaring Camp," "The Outcasts of Poker Flats," "Tales of the Argonauts," "The Twins of Table Mountain," "By Shore and Sedge," "A Millionaire of Rough and Ready," "Devil's Ford," "A Ward of the Golden Gate," etc. Harte died 1902.