1852 – 1886
Born August 20, 1852 in Clyde, Ohio. He attended public school in Ohio, and later went to London and Paris to study art. He worked for an engraver in Toledo before moving to Cleveland to work as a cartoonist for the Cleveland Ledger. He became the chief cartoonist of Leslie’s illustrated newspaper. In 1879, Joseph Keppler hired him to work as a cartoonist at Puck. In 1881, he had a disagreement with Joseph Kepler, he left the magazine and founded Judge. Wales sold the judge in 1885 to William J. Arkell and returned to work for Kepler in Puck. He died at the age of 34 from a drug overdose.
Reference: digitalhistory.hsp.org, 2012