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Who Is W. Dayton Wegefarth?

There isn’t a bio on the Web for author W. Dayton Wegefarth, so I’ve done some research and pieced together a little something from various sources.

W.D. Wegefarth and Bum, 1915 William Dayton Wegefarth was born 1885 September 10th in New York, to Gustavus Wegefarth and Rebecca Janet Cox. In 1919, he married Estelle Buxbaum (1882–1950) in Philadelphia.

Mr Wegefarth wrote for newspapers and magazines and was quite successful as a writer of verses for greeting cards. He also worked in the theatrical field, at theatres in Philadelphia and New York. He wrote lyrics and music as well as managing bookings.

His three published books are:  Smiles and Sighs — 1910, poems; The True Story of “Bum” — 1915, short story about a stray dog he adopted; and Rainbow Verse — 1919, inspirational poetry. As with many writers of the day, the verses in his books were mostly reprinted items from periodicals, such as Lippincott’s Magazine.

He published under his real name as well as a pseudonym, Hugh Barrington. He was also known as W. D. Wegefarth and William D. Wegefarth. His surname has sometimes been misspelled as Wedgefarth, Wedgeforth, and Wegeforth.

He passed away 1973, in New York.

I’ve got a few dozen excerpts from this cheerful author’s public domain works posted to various pages of The Quote Garden.

W. Dayton Wegefarth signature

Sources:  The Book News Monthly, Google Books, Internet Archive, Carrie Jacobs–Bond & Son, George W. Jacobs & Company, Sully and Kleinteich, Harvard University, HathiTrust Digital Library,, Seeking My Roots, Teller Family in America, Illinois University Library, National Library of Ireland, The True Story of “Bum,” Rainbow Verse,

Image Sources:  Book News Monthly, 1915, scanned by Google Books, modified t.g.; letter to Joseph McGarrity, 1916, courtesy National Library of Ireland

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