Mortimer Thomson

Mortimer Thomson Mortimer Q. Thomson (September 2, 1832June 25, 1875) was an American journalist and humorist who wrote under the pseudonym Q. K. Philander Doesticks. He was born in Riga, New York and grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He attended Michigan University in Ann Arbor, but was expelled along with several others either for his involvement in secret societies or for "too much enterprise in securing subjects for the dissecting room." After a brief period working in theater, he became a journalist and lecturer.

For his published writings he used the pen name "Q. K. Philander Doesticks, P. B.", a pseudonym he had first used in university (the full version is "Queer Kritter Philander Doesticks, Perfect Brick"). A collection published in 1855, ''Doesticks What He Says'', reprinted many of his pieces. In 1856 he wrote ''Plu-Ri-Bus-Tah'', a parody of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's ''The Song of Hiawatha''.

As a correspondent for the ''New York Tribune'' he wrote a report on the Pierce Butler slave sale in Savannah, Georgia in 1859 that was subsequently published as a tract by the American Anti-slavery Society and translated into several languages.

Thomson died in New York City on June 25, 1875. In 1888, when his short piece, "A New Patent Medicine Operation", was anthologized in ''Mark Twain's Library of Humor'', an introductory paragraph described Thomson as a figure whose "dashing and extravagant drolleries" had quickly passed from fashion. Provided by Wikipedia
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