Born in the charming town of Essex, Connecticut, Thomas spent his formative years attending the public schools of New Haven. As a young adult, he found his passion for writing and landed a job as the literary editor of Life in 1893. He quickly made a name for himself as a humorous writer, and soon became a regular contributor to several magazines.
Through his work as an editor, he had the honor of curating some of the most entertaining and beloved works of American literature, including the Humorous Masterpieces of American Literature in 1904, The Humor of Love in Verse and Prose in 1906, and The Best Stories in the World in 1914. He dedicated his life to the written word, and his legacy continues to bring joy and laughter to readers today.