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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing) 4 0 Browse Search
Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 3 (ed. Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939., Erskine, John, 1879-1951., Sherman, Stuart Pratt, 1881-1926., Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.) 2 0 Browse Search
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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Jefferson, Joseph 1829- (search)
Jefferson, Joseph 1829- Actor; born in Philadelphia, Pa., Feb. 20, 1829; is descended from several generations of actors; made his first appearance on the stage when three years old; played in the old Spanish theatre in Matamoras, Mexico, two days after that city was taken by the Americans; and in 1857 established his reputation as a comedian by his performance as Asa Trenchard in Our American cousin, in New York City. In 1865 he appeared for the first time in his inimitable role of Rip Van Winkle, in the Adelphi Theatre, London, and, although he has since played in many of the most popular comedies of the day, and in various parts of the world, he will be remembered longest for his presentations of that character. Mr. Jefferson has also distinguished himself as an orator and a painter. For many years his chief diversions were fishing and painting, and in 1899 he permitted an exhibition of sixteen of his landscape-paintings in oil in the national capital. He published an aut
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Keene, Laura 1820- (search)
Moss; made her first appearance on the stage in London, in 1845; was married to Henry W. Taylor in 1847, and to John Lutz in 1857. She won her greatest successes in light comedy. She first appeared in the United States at Wallack's Theatre, New York, in 1852, where she subsequently took the management of the Varieties Theatre, and later opened a theatre under her name, which she managed till 1863. At this house, in 1858, she first brought out Our American cousin, in which Joseph Jefferson took the part of Asa Trenchard and Edward A. Sothern that of Lord Dundreary, then a minor character, which Mr. Sothern afterwards made the principal one in a new version of the play. In 1860 she brought out The seven sisters, which ran for 169 nights. It was while her company was playing Our American cousin, at Ford's Theatre, Washington, on April 14, 1865, that President Lincoln was fatally shot. She remained on the stage till within two years of her death, in Montclair, N. J., Nov. 4, 1873.