Shaping the American Character

Turner’s key “frontier thesis” argues that frontier life shaped the ...


Finley Peter Dunne

Finley Peter Dunne was born in Chicago in 1867 and at age eighteen went to work as a journalist. He wrote for the Chicago Times, the Evening Post, the Times-Herald, and the Journal, the latter of which he edited from 1897 to 1900. “Mr. Dooley” first appeared in the Chicago Times-Herald.  In the early years of the twentieth century, Dunne joinred with Ida Tarbell, Lincoln Steffens, and others in editing the American Magazine while it was a premier muckraking journal. He died in 1936.