Famous for his writings on the life of the workingman, Carl Sandberg was a poet, biographer, and newspaper columnist. He was born in Galesville, IL, went to school until he reached the eighth grade. He fought in the Spanish-American War and then attended Lombard College. He moved from job to job in his youth until joining the Wisconsin Social Democratic Party. His biography of Abraham Lincoln and his book, Complete Poems, won Pulitzer prizes. On April 24, 1939, Carl Sandberg gave a program to a packed audience at Wright Auditorium on the campus of East Carolina Teachers College. He died on July 22, 1967.