Dramatist; born in New York City, June 9, 1792; was very precocious, editing The Thespian mirror
when only thirteen years of age. He became a poet, a dramatist, and an actor of renown.
At the age of fifteen and sixteen he published twenty-five numbers of a periodical called The pastime
, and in 1809, at the age of seventeen, he made a successful entrance upon the theatrical profession at the Park Theatre
, New York, as Young Norval
In 1810 he played Hamlet
and other leading parts with great success, and, at the age of twenty and twenty-one, he played with equal success at Drury Lane, London
While there he produced many dramas, chiefly adaptations from the French
In one of these occurs the song Home, sweet home
, by which he is chiefly known.
became a correspondent of Coleridge
; and, in 1818, when he was twenty-six years of age, his tragedy of Brutus
was successfully brought out at Drury Lane.
He returned to the United States
He was appointed consul at Tunis
, and died in office there, April 10, 1852.
His remains were brought to Washington
in March, 1883, and interred at Georgetown