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David Douglass

(?–1786), American actor-manager who in 1758 met and married the widow of the elder Hallam in Jamaica. Amalgamating his actors with hers, he took them back to New York, named ...

Douglass, David

Douglass, David   Reference library

Peter Davis

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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2005
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
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122 words

..., David ( d.1786 ) Anglo-American actor-manager . Although little is known of his early life, it seems that Douglass first appeared in Jamaica in the late 1740s as part of an English troupe ( see Caribbean theatre, anglophone ). Sometime between 1754 and 1758 he married the widow of Lewis Hallam , head of the first professional company to tour British North America. As the company's new actor-manager, Douglass played the Atlantic seaboard in 1758 . He built the Southwark in Philadelphia , the first permanent playhouse in the USA, and the...

Douglass, David

Douglass, David   Reference library

The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre (2 ed.)

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2003
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Performing arts, Theatre
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..., David (?– 1786 ), American actor-manager who in 1758 met and married the widow of the elder Hallam in Jamaica. Amalgamating his actors with hers, he took them back to New York, named them the American Company , and built first a temporary theatre on Cruger's Wharf, another in Beekman Street, and finally a permanent one in John Street . He was also responsible for the erection of the first permanent theatre in the United States, the Southwark in Philadelphia , and for theatres in a number of towns which he visited. Under Douglass's management...

Douglass, David

Douglass, David (1786)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to American Theatre (3 ed.)

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2004
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..., David (d. 1786 ), manager and actor . The Englishman began his theatrical career when, at the last minute, he was selected to supervise a new company to play in Jamaica. By coincidence, a company led by Lewis Hallam Sr. was also playing on the island, so the troupes merged, Hallam died, and Douglass married Mrs. Hallam . The company came to New York in 1758 , where it built a new playhouse, and soon was traveling up and down the coast playing in Philadelphia, Annapolis, Newport, and elsewhere. Douglass was not a distinguished actor (by...

Douglass, David Bates

Douglass, David Bates (1790–1849)   Quick reference

The Oxford Dictionary of Architecture (4 ed.)

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..., David Bates ( 1790–1849 ) American military-engineer who designed the layouts of Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NYC ( 1838–48 —four times the size of Père-Lachaise , Paris), and Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, NY ( 1841–5 ). He deserves to be considered as one of America’s foremost pioneers of landscape- architecture in the first half of C19. J.Curl ( 2004 )...

David Douglass

David Douglass  

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(?–1786),American actor-manager who in 1758 met and married the widow of the elder Hallam in Jamaica. Amalgamating his actors with hers, he took them back to New York, named ...
David Bates Douglass

David Bates Douglass  

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(1790–1849).American military engineer who designed the layouts of Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NYC (1838–48—four times the size of Pére-Lachaise, Paris), and Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, NY ...
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Fenner Douglass, Barbara Owen, Barbara Owen, and David Fuller

The Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments

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...‘The Harpsichord Culture in Bach’s Environs’, Bach Perspectives , vol.4, ed. R. Stinson and G. Butler (Lincoln, 1999), 57–77 J. Koster : ‘A Netherlandish Harpsichord of 1658 Re-examined’, GSJ , vol.53 (2000), 117–39 Fenner Douglass / Barbara Owen (I, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7); Barbara Owen (I, 6, 8); David Fuller (II) ...

My Bondage and My Freedom

My Bondage and My Freedom  

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Frederick Douglass's second autobiography, My Bondage and My Freedom, published by the New York commercial publishers Miller, Orton, and Mulligan in 1855, is larger, more self-consciously literary, ...
Anténor Joseph Firmin

Anténor Joseph Firmin  

(b. 1850; d. 19 September 1911), Haitian statesman and author.Anténor Joseph Firmin was born in Cap-Haïtien in northern Haiti. He was a gifted child who attended Haiti's premier preparatory ...
David Ruggles

David Ruggles  

(b. 15 March 1810; d. 18 December 1849), journalist and abolitionist.The son of free blacks, David and Nancy Ruggles, David Ruggles was born in Norwich on the Connecticut coast ...
Ebenezer D. Bassett

Ebenezer D. Bassett  

(b. 16 October 1833; d. 1908), the first African American diplomat.Ebenezer Don Carlos Bassett was born in Litchfield, Connecticut, the son of Tobias Bassett, a mulatto, and Susan Bassett ...
Jonathan Blanchard

Jonathan Blanchard  

(b. 19 January 1811; d. 14 May 1892), educator and social reformer.Jonathan Blanchard would become an heir of the principles of the evangelical postmillennial Christianity exemplified in America's ...
William Pancoast Clyde

William Pancoast Clyde  

(b. 11 November 1839; d. 1923), New York steamship and railway industrialist.William Pancoast Clyde was born in Claymont, Delaware, the son of Thomas Clyde and Rebecca Pancoast. His father ...
Louis Modestin Florvil Hyppolite

Louis Modestin Florvil Hyppolite  

(b. 1827; d. 1896), president of Haiti from 1889 to 1896.In August 1888 a political uprising forced Lysius Salomon, the Haitian president, to sail off into exile after allegedly ...
African Grove Theater

African Grove Theater  

The African Grove Theater, also known as the American Theater and the African Theater, entertained black and white New Yorkers from 1821 to 1823. The theater, founded by the former ...
R.A.D. Ford

R.A.D. Ford  

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(1915–1998 ),was born in Ottawa, and educated at the University of Western Ontario and Cornell. Determined to live a normal life despite a debilitating muscular disease, he joined the Department ...
Freedom's Journal

Freedom's Journal  

Freedom's Journal, published in New York City from 1827 to 1829, was the first African American newspaper in U.S. history. The newspaper employed sales agents from Washington, D.C., to Maine ...
Pierre Toussaint

Pierre Toussaint  

(b. c. 1778; d. 30 June 1853), a former slave, philanthropist, and hairdresser to New York City's elite women.Pierre Toussaint was a singular, yet elusive figure. The quality of ...
Negro Election Day

Negro Election Day  

From the middle of the eighteenth century into the early nineteenth century, Negro Election Day served as the most significant African American festival in New England. For as long as ...
Negro Training Day

Negro Training Day  

Enslaved African Americans in New England appropriated and refashioned a series of public holidays and celebrations in the decades before the Revolutionary War. Blacks came to the New World from ...

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