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 Augustin John Daly

Augustin John Daly

Birth
Plymouth, Washington County, North Carolina, USA
Death 7 Jun 1899 (aged 60)
Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
Burial Woodside, Queens County, New York, USA
Plot First Calvary, Section 6, Lot 27, family mausoleum
Memorial ID 86385591 · View Source
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Augustin is the son of Capt. Denis and Elizabeth Theresa Duffey Daly. His father died when he was 3, and his mother moved the family to first, Norfolk, Va., then in 1849 to New York City. He married Mary Dolores Duff in 1869 in Manhattan. His interest in theater began when he became a drama critic at age 21 for the N.Y. Courier. His world renowned career as co-founder of "The Players Club" with his brother Joseph, and manager of the famed theater, followed. He was known around the world as a genius playwright. He is the subject of his brother's biography "The Life Of Augustin Daly" published in 1917. He published his first play at age 22, "Leah The Forsaken" an adaptation with numerous others to follow. His first entirely original play "Under the Gaslight", became world famous. Many famous actors and actesses began their careers in his theater, such as John Booth, and Ada Rehan. He was owner of Daly's Theatre's in New York and London.(the first American to secure a theatre in London)
At age 60, he and his wife traveled to France on the Friday prior to his death, as he had not been feeling well.
They dined at de la Paix and he expressed that he felt better than he had in months, prior to sailing from New York. The next day complaining of chest pains he was examined by several Doctors, but succumbed to Pneumonia and a weakened heart. The steamship "New York" brought his body, accompanied by his wife to the wharf in New York, where they were met by a cortege of dignitaries and family members. An entire page of the N.Y. Daily Mirror covered his death and funeral on June 24, 1899. He was known for is integrity, charitable works, and that he never engaged in vengence of any kind. A few of the headlines from around the nation were: N.Y. Times: A Man Of Genius. He was an artist and what he did was done nobly and thoroughly. Phil. Press: Represented the Highest Ideals. N.Y. Journal: The Great Manager. Wash. Post: He exalted Art Above Profit. Chicago Post: A Foe Of Commercialism. N.Y. Press: His Name Is Imperishable. Brooklyn Daily Eagle: Drama's Most Powerful Friend.
His funeral was a standing room only event, where statements such as "In honoring Augustin, New York has been honored" were made.


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  • Created by: JanMary
  • Added: 7 Mar 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 86385591
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Augustin John Daly (20 Jul 1838–7 Jun 1899), Find A Grave Memorial no. 86385591, citing Calvary Cemetery, Woodside, Queens County, New York, USA ; Maintained by JanMary (contributor 47242653) .