Almanzo James Wilder (February 13, 1857 - October 23, 1949) was the husband of Laura Ingalls Wilder and father of Rose Wilder Lane, both noted U.S. writers. Almanzo was born the fifth of six children to successful farmers James (1813-1899) and Angeline Day Wilder (1821-1905) on their farm near Malone, New York. His siblings include Laura Ann (1844-1899), Royal Gould (1847-1925), Eliza Jane (1850-1930), Alice M. (1853-1892), and Perley Day (1869-1934). As part of her Little House series of autobiographical novels, Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote a book titled Farmer Boy about Almanzo's childhood in upstate New York. Almanzo is a well-known character in the Little House books, and Laura writes about him, their courtship, and subsequent marriage in The Long Winter, Little Town on the Prairie, These Happy Golden Years, and The First Four Years. Almanzo was characterized as a quietly courageous, hardworking man who loved horses and farming. He was also an accomplished carpenter and woodworker. Farmer Boy, by publication date, was the second book written in the Little House series (this is also verified by both of Laura's biographers, John E.