Payne, John Howard, 1791-1852

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Birth 1791-06-09
Death 1852-04-10
English, French

Biographical notes:

American actor and playwright.

From the description of Scrapbook, 1813-1852 [manuscript]. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647811929

From the description of Letter : Washington, to Elizabeth Payne, 1850 April 19. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 22772908

From the description of Home, sweet home, undated. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 237626353

Appointed by President Tyler, the actor and playwright served as U.S. Consul in Tunis from 1842-1845, and 1851-1852.

From the description of ALS, 1844 September 12 : United States Consulate, Tunis, to an unknown colleague. (Copley Press, J S Copley Library). WorldCat record id: 16951421

John Howard Payne, American actor and author.

From the guide to the John Howard Payne manuscript material : 1 item, 1819, (The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.)

Payne was an American actor, playwright, newspaper journalist, and U.S. Consul to Tunis (1842-1852).

From the description of Papers, 1804-1938 (inclusive), 1819-1851 (bulk). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 81004460

Actor and playwright, U.S. consul at Tunis.

From the description of ALS : to James Thomas Fields, 1843 Feb. 2. (Rosenbach Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 122645521

Actor and playwright.

From the description of Poem of John Howard Payne, 1829. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79449997

American actor & playwright.

From the description of Papers, 1811-1882 [manuscript]. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647812004

John Howard Payne (1791-1852), dramatist, diplomat, and American Consul at Tunisia (1843-1848).

From the description of John Howard Payne letter books, 1842-1850. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 38476747

Poet, playwright, actor, Indian affairs activist, United States Consul to Tunis. Payne was born in East Hampton in 1791 and died in Tunis in 1852.

From the description of Papers, 1804-1916. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 155542093

American dramatist, poet, and actor.

From the description of Papers, 1934. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 32520406

Actor, playwright, U.S. Consul at Tunis, and champion of Indian rights.

From the description of Papers, [ca. 1780]-1952. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122515129

John Howard Payne was born and grew up in New York. He began writing poems and plays as a child; his first play, Julia, was staged in 1806. He was a moderately successful actor and playwright in both England and America. His best-known work is the song "Home, sweet home," from his play The maid of Milan, 1823.

From the description of John Howard Payne papers, 1813-1852. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 60718000

John Howard Payne, actor, editor, and diplomat, was born in New York City in 1791.

While in Georgia in 1835 in search of material for his magazine, Payne became acquainted with John Ross of the Cherokee nation whose affairs with the United States government were in turmoil. Ross gave Payne original material which he used in a series of published articles in an effort to obtain justice for the Cherokee Indians and served as source material for an unpublished history of the Cherokee nation. Payne later served as U.S. consul in Tunis where he died in 1852.

From the description of John Howard Payne papers, 1794-1841, 1814-1841. (Newberry Library). WorldCat record id: 41265648


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