O. Henry, born William Sydney Porter, was an extraordinary short story writer from Greensboro. Born here in 1862, he lived, was educated, attended church, and worked in Guilford County. As a child, he spent a great deal of time reading and when he was older, he worked at a local drug store on Elm Street. At age 20, with his mother long deceased and his health poor, William Sydney Porter moved to Texas hoping to find a climate more agreeable to his chronic cough. In 1899, having authored under many pseudonyms, he settled on O. Henry.
Locally, O. Henry comes to life once a year when the Greensboro Historical Museum presents several evenings of his plays in an event called 5 by O. Henry. The evening is quite an event as an actor plays the role of O. Henry, ambling through the audience with other characters in period costumes and leading the audience in songs from O. Henry's era. The above statue of O. Henry (as a young boy) is found on the grounds of the Historical Museum, the very place where you can find many exhibits relevant to the life of Greensboro's best-known author, including an exhibit replicating his aunt's elementary school which he attended (teachers' pamphlet here).
In his mere 48 years on earth, O. Henry wrote prolifically. In the New York years alone, he wrote 381 short stories (reference). On GDP, we have already featured the O. Henry open book monument (here); his historic marker (here); the cemetery where his family is buried (here); the drug store where he worked (here); and the hotel named for him (here).