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William Edward Sheridan
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Birth: Jun. 1, 1839
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: May 18, 1887
New South Wales, Australia

Before the Civil War he was a clerk in a stationery shop and in 1858 took up the acting profession. Residing in Cincinnati at the commencement of the war he enlisted in Co. E, 6th Ohio Infantry, on June 18, 1861, and served over three years in the Western theater, rising to the rank of Captain. From January 1862 he served in the Signal Corps. He was wounded in action at Resaca, Georgia, on May 14, 1864, and was granted leave. On September 1, 1864, he married Sarah E. Hayes at Boston, Massachusetts. Sheridan was officially mustered out of service on October 31, 1864, to date from June 23, 1864.

After the war he continued his acting career and performed at various cities including Philadelphia, Boston, St. Louis and New Orleans, as well as overseas. In 1886 he came to Australia with his second wife, Louise Davenport, to perform professionally and died in Sydney on May 18, 1887, of epilepsy.

A monument was placed on his gravesite by public subscription. Louise applied for a widows pension on August 9, 1887 and records reveal that Louise continued to support herself, while living in Darlinghurst, Sydney; by Elocution and Dramatic teaching until her death on August 24, 1901.

Sheridan, William Edward, actor. Born in Boston, where he made his debut at the Howard Athenaeum in 1858, he became a leading portrayer of villains and tragic figures in Cincinnati until the outbreak of the Civil War. After the war, despite a badly injured arm, he continued to be an important actor, his notable roles including Othello, Shylock, and Sir Giles Overreach. Sheridan also was the first American Beamish McCloud in Arrah na Pogue (1865). Following a long San Francisco engagement, he left for a tour of Australia, where he died. Otis Skinner remembered the virile actor with dark, deep set eyes as a man of splendid power, with one of the most intriguing voices I ever listened to. Others remarked on his voice's striking resonance.
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Waverley Cemetery
Waverley Council
New South Wales, Australia
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Record added: Mar 24, 2005
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William Edward Sheridan
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