Tourgée, Albion Winegar (tŏrzhāˈ) [key], 1838–1905, American author and lawyer, b. Williamsfield, Ohio, studied at the Univ. of Rochester. After serving in the Union army he was for a few years a carpetbagger lawyer and political judge in North Carolina. Of his several novels, the best known are A Fool's Errand (1879) and Figs and Thistles (1879). They are valuable for their picture of the politics of the Reconstruction period.
See biography by O. H. Olsen (1965).
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