(1857–1923), born in Iowa, graduated from the state university (1880) and began to practice law at Whiteoaks, N.M., “half cow town and half mining camp.” There he began to write magazine sketches on the local outdoor life and sports, and he soon abandoned the law for work on Midwestern newspapers and the magazine Forest and Stream. He wrote many articles concerned with Yellowstone National Park, and was influential in the movement for the preservation of wild life in this and other regions. His first book, The Singing Mouse Stories (1895), was followed by his most popular early work, The Story of the Cowboy (1897). Besides a series of stories for boys, The Young Alaskans, he wrote The Story of the Outlaw (1907), The Passing of the Frontier (1918), and many popular historical romances set in the West. Among these are The Mississippi Bubble (1902), The Law of the Land (1904), 54–40 or Fight! (1909), The Sagebrusher (1919), The Covered Wagon (1922), North of 36 (1923), and Mother of Gold (1924).
From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.