William Porter

W.M. Vanderweyde took this photograph of William Sydney Porter, better known as O. Henry, in 1909, a year before his death of complications from cirrhosis of the liver and diabetes. Porter, who was born in Greensboro in 1862, was buried in Asheville.

If you recognize the name O. Henry, let me clarify that this will not be an homage to the candy bar with the similar name.

But to add a fun fact: there is no credible documentation of who invented the Oh Henry candy bar. One story has it that it was created by the Williamson Candy Company of Chicago in 1920. Another is that Thomas Henry, manager of Peerless Candy Co., invented the Tom Henry Bar in the late 1910s and sold it to Williamson.