Shillaber, B. P. (Benjamin Penhallow), 1814-1890

Alternative names
Birth 1814
Death 1890

Biographical notes:

Author, of Portsmouth, N.H.; also wrote under names Mrs. Partington and Ruth Partington.

From the description of Letter, 1853 Nov. 22. (Portsmouth Athenaeum Library & Museum). WorldCat record id: 70961170

American humorist.

From the description of Papers of B. P. Shillaber [manuscript], 1856-1890. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647846046

From the description of To J.T. Fields : autograph poem signed and accompanying autograph letter signed, 1870 Nov. 18. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270665077

American humorist, journalist, poet.

From the description of Papers of Benjamin Penhallow Shillaber, 1857-1890. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 32136485

Editor and humorist. Also wrote under the name, Ruth Partington, a character in his writings.

From the description of B. P. Shillaber papers, 1856-1884. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70983943

Pseudonym of Ruth Partington, author of "Knitting-work: a web of many textures" under her own name and novels as B. P. Shillabar.

From the description of Ruth Partington letter to Mrs. Ranlett [manuscript], 1864 Apr 11. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 256493299

Benjamin Penhallow Shillaber, humorist, newspaperman, and poet, was born in Portsmouth, NH in 1814. He moved to Boston, MA in 1833, where he became a journeyman printer. Shillaber worked as printer and editor of several papers, including the Carpet-Bag, a humorous weekly. Shillaber also authored several works of poetry and prose, but is perhaps most well known for the popular tales of his fictional character Mrs. Partington.

From the description of Correspondence, 1856-1887. (Manchester City Library). WorldCat record id: 30541936


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  • Partington, Mrs. (Fictitious character)
  • Humorists, American--19th century
  • American wit and humor
  • Editors--19th century--Archives
  • American literature--19th century
  • Shillaber family--Archives
  • Humorists, American--19th century--Archives
  • American literature--19th century--Humor
  • Natural disasters--Religious aspects


  • Humorists
  • Authors, American--New Hampshire--Portsmouth
  • Editors


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  • New Hampshire--Portsmouth (as recorded)
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