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CHRISTY, Edwin P., minstrel, born in "1815; died in New York City, 21 May, 1862. He organized the original "Christy's Minstrels" in Buffalo, New York, in 1842, and was afterward their manager. He took the troupe to London, met with great success both here and there, and retired with a fortune in 1854. He jumped from a second-story window in New York, when temporarily insane, and the injuries so received caused his death.--George N. Christy, whose real name was George Harrington, born in Palmyra, New York, 6 November, 1827 ; died in New York City, 12 May, 1868, made his first appearance in Buffalo in 1839, under E. P. Christy's management. After the organization of the Christy rain-strels he was the star of the troupe, and was the original " Lucy Long" and "Cachuca." E. P. Christy's sons, E. Byron (1838-'66) and William A. (1839-'62), were also members of the troupe.
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