September 17, 1845, Rootstown, Ohio.
April 15, 1917, Marsh Brook Farm (near Lima), Indiana.
Riverside Cemetery, Howe, Indiana.
McManus was the grandson of a Revolutionary War captain and a French woman who had known the Marquis de Lafayette. In 1863, his family moved to Marsh Brook Farm, and he spent the remainder of his life there. He graduated from the medical college in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and studied an additional year at the University of Michigan, though he opted for a career in writing rather than medicine. He contributed to Puck, the Boston Transcript, the Detroit Free Press, the New York Independent, the Burlington Hawk Eye, and the Ram’s Horn and, from 1893–95, served as an Indiana state senator. His works include: