In April 1985, Greensboro celebrated a week-long festival for the seventy-fifth anniversary of William Sydney Porter's death. Porter, known as O. Henry, was born in Greensboro September 11, 1862. His mother, Mary Virginia Jane Swaim, was the daughter of the Greensboro Patriot's editor. Swaim was influential in Porter's writing career because she encouraged his interest in literature. Porter left Greensboro for Texas in 1890. He was convicted of embezzlement and spent three years in the Ohio State Penitentiary. Porter finally settled in New York City, where he died in 1910. Festival activities in Greensboro included literary competitions, plays, concerts, and exhibits related to O. Henry's short stories.