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Wilder, Thornton Niven

(Encyclopedia) Wilder, Thornton Niven, 1897–1975, American playwright and novelist, b. Madison, Wis., grad. Yale (B.A., 1920), Princeton (M.A., 1925). He received most of his early…

Thornton

(Encyclopedia) Thornton, city (1990 pop. 55,031), Adams co., NE Colo., a residential and industrial suburb of Denver ; inc. 1956. Industries include oil and gas development and…

wilderness

(Encyclopedia) wilderness, land retaining its primeval character with the imprint of humans minimal or unnoticeable. In the United States, the Wilderness Act of 1964 established the…

Wilderness Road

(Encyclopedia) Wilderness Road, principal avenue of westward migration for U.S. pioneers from c.1790 to 1840, blazed in 1775 by the American frontiersman Daniel Boone and an…

Wilderness campaign

(Encyclopedia) Wilderness campaign, in the American Civil War, a series of engagements (May–June, 1864) fought in the Wilderness region of Virginia. Early in May, 1864, the Northern…

Thornton, William

(Encyclopedia) Thornton, William, 1759–1828, American architect, b. Tortola, British Virgin Islands, He studied (1781–84) medicine at Edinburgh but received his medical degree (1784) at…

Thornton, Matthew

(Encyclopedia) Thornton, Matthew, 1714–1803, political leader in the American Revolution , signer of the Declaration of Independence , b. Ireland. Taken to America as a…

Chandler, Raymond Thornton

(Encyclopedia) Chandler, Raymond Thornton, 1888–1959, American author, b. Chicago, educated in England. After World War I, he entered the oil business in California. Bankrupt during the…

Gene Wilder

Name at birth: Jerome SilbermanGene Wilder made his movie debut in 1967's Bonnie and Clyde (with Warren Beatty), and is today best known as the eccentric title character in Willy Wonka And The…

Billy Wilder

Name at birth: Samuel WilderBilly Wilder made some of Hollywood's most memorable and successful films, including Sunset Boulevard (1950), Some Like It Hot (1960) and The Apartment (1962). Billy…