(1877 - 1954)
Benjamin Blessum was active/lived in Illinois / Norway. Benjamin Blessum is known for satirical drawing, marine, Indian.
Biography Benjamin Blessum
Ben Blessum was born in Marstein, Romsdalen, Norway, on November 4, 1877. After spending his younger years in Trondheim, he emigrated to Menominee, WI, with his parents in 1888 when he was 11 years old. He also lived in Eau Claire, WI, where his father worked in the lumber mills. He received only six years of formal schooling before quitting in order to help the family make a living, working variously as a lumberjack, bricklayer, clerk and bookkeeper.
At the age of 18, he moved to Chicago, IL (1896), where he attended art classes at the Art Institute of Chicago and worked as a commercial artist. He worked for the Chicago Tribune as an illustrator, designed book jackets, and created satirical drawings. He also wrote articles
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