Porter, William Sydney. Widely known as a short story writer under the pen-name "O. Henry." Was born in Greensboro, NC, 1862. After spending many years as a wandering journalist, he located in New York in 1901, and in a few years won foremost rank among American writers of short stories. While his work shows numerous defects of style, he possessed a notably versatile and prolific imagination, coupled with a remarkable gift of storytelling. He died in 1910.