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Corse Payton
Birth: Dec. 18, 1866
Centerville
Appanoose County
Iowa, USA
Death: Feb. 23, 1934
Brooklyn
Kings County (Brooklyn)
New York, USA

Theatrical Producer. Named Corse was given him by his father who had served in the Civil War under General John M. Corse in the Sixth Iowa Infantry, he received his education in Centerville Schools. At a young age he left home in search of excitement and joined a traveling circus. A few months later he decided to return home and with his brother organized a theater stock company, known as Corse Payton’s Comedy Company. In 1900 after years of trouping through the Middle West he arrived in Brooklyn, New York and bought a theater for $5,000 and named it Payton’s Lee Avenue. There he originated the “10-20-30 cent” scale of prices and gave two shows a day. The repertoire over fifteen years numbered more than 300 plays. In most cases they were new productions, fresh from Broadway. Mary Pickford, Ed Wynn, the Gish sisters and many others served their apprenticeships in his company. During these years his name was familiar to everyone on Broadway. He became known as “America’s Best Bad Actor”. The Lee Avenue Theater had to be abandoned in 1915. He later built Keeney’s (later Shubert’s) Theater in Newark, New Jersey and eventually returned to stock at the Carlton Theater in Jamaica, New York. In 1933 he leased the theater as a motion picture house. (bio by: Gary Craver) 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Joseph Payton (1836 - 1899)
  Elizabeth Swearingen Payton (1836 - 1915)
 
 Spouses:
  Etta Reed Payton (1866 - 1915)*
  Henriette Browne Payton (1878 - 1958)*
 
 Siblings:
  James Payton (1857 - 1916)*
  Senter Payton (1860 - 1908)*
  John Henry Payton (1864 - 1908)*
  Corse Payton (1866 - 1934)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Oakland Cemetery
Centerville
Appanoose County
Iowa, USA
Plot: Section 2, Lot 12, Block 6, 3rd Space from South End
 
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Originally Created by: Gary Craver
Record added: Oct 20, 2004
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Corse Payton
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