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William Hazlett Upson

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(1891 - 1975)

William Hazlett Upson

William Hazlett Upson (1891-1975) was born at Glen Ridge, New Jersey on September 6, 1891. He graduated from the Glen Ridge High School in 1909. Before joining Cornell in 1910, he worked on a cattle ranch in California for a year. He was a graduate of Cornell’s agricultural course in 1914 (where he also took a course in short story writing), and worked as a “scientific farmer” on farms in New York State and Virginia until 1916.

He enlisted in the Army in 1916 in the D Battery of the 13th Field Artillery, 4th Division. He took part in the Marne-Aisne, St. Mihiel, and Argonne offensives and entered Germany as part of the Army of Occupation. When he came back from the war, he joined a tractor company. In 1924 he left his job with the Caterpillar Tractor Company in Peoria, Illinois, and began his career as a full time author. He created his famous character, Alexander Botts, in 1927.



Bibliography

Alexander Botts Rides Again: More Mayhem on the Earthworm Tractor (2005)

A collection of stories about the adventures of Alexander Botts, super salesman of Earthworm tractors.

Author(s): William Hazlett Upson
Illustrator(s): Unknown

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Alexander Botts, Earthworm Tractors (1929)

When Alexander Botts offers his services to the Earthworm Tractor Company, they do not realize what they are in for - fortunately for them and for us.

Author(s): William Hazlett Upson
Illustrator(s): Tony Sarg

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Alexander Botts: Great Stories from the Saturday Evening Post (1973)

Adventures of a natural born tractor salesman.

Author(s): William Hazlett Upson
Illustrator(s): Unknown

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The Best of Botts (1961)

Alexander Botts, world’s greatest salesman, sells Caterpillar tractors all over the United States, in France and New Guinea.

Author(s): William Hazlett Upson
Illustrator(s): Larry Lurin

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Botts in War, Botts in Peace: Earthworms Can Take Anything (1944)

This entry in the saga of Alexander Botts, natural born salesman, takes him from 1933 to fighting in World War II.

Author(s): William Hazlett Upson
Illustrator(s): Unknown

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Earthworms in Europe: Alexander Botts Makes the Old World Tractor-Conscious (1931)

In search of new worlds to conquer, Alexander Botts, natural born salesman, sails for Europe with eight Earthworm tractors in the hold.

Author(s): William Hazlett Upson
Illustrator(s): Tony Sarg

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Earthworms through the Ages: The Wisdom of Alexander Botts (1947)

These entries in the Botts saga take him from 1932 to 1947.

Author(s): William Hazlett Upson
Illustrator(s): Joe Krush

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The Fabulous Saga of Alexander Botts and the Earthworm Tractor (2001)

Further adventures of the tractor salesman extraordinaire.

Author(s): William Hazlett Upson
Illustrator(s): Unknown

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Hello, Mr. Henderson (1949)

Alexander Botts’ boss, Mr. Henderson has enough troubles of his own keeping Earthworm tractor buyers happy.

Author(s): William Hazlett Upson
Illustrator(s): Joe Krush

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How to Be Rich, Like Me (1947)

Successful author William Hazlett Upson explains his method of making money without really working.

Author(s): William Hazlett Upson
Illustrator(s): Samuel Bryant

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Keep ’Em Crawling: Earthworms at War (1943)

Alexander Botts, Earthworm tractor salesman, gives the war effort his all.

Author(s): William Hazlett Upson
Illustrator(s): E. Franklin Wittmack

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Me and Henry and the Artillery (1928)

An account of two artillery men in the closing days of the World War I on the western front.

Author(s): William Hazlett Upson
Illustrator(s): None

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No Rest for Botts: Earthworms Make the World Go Round (1951)

Master tractor salesman Alexander Botts has been discharged from the army and is back in action.

Author(s): William Hazlett Upson
Illustrator(s): Unknown

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Original Letters of Alexander Botts (1963)

More adventures of the world’s greatest salesman.

Author(s): William Hazlett Upson
Illustrator(s): Tony Sarg

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The Piano Movers (1927)

When the sergeant takes a shine to a piano, the batterymen are recruited to move it.

Author(s): William Hazlett Upson
Illustrator(s): Anonymous

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