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FORD, John Thomson, theatrical manager, born in Baltimore, Maryland, 16 April 1829. In 1852 he became manager of a minstrel troupe, and was afterward manager of the old Richmond, Virginia, theatre and the Holliday Street theatre, Baltimore, which he twice rebuilt. In 1858 he was elected president of the City council, and for two years was acting mayor. He also built three theatres in Washington, D. C., including Ford's theatre, of which he was the manager at the time of President Lincoln's assassination. He was arrested on suspicion of complicity in that crime, but, after being detained forty days in Carroll prison, was released, as there was not the slightest evidence against him. He has since been manager of various theatres. Mr. Ford was the first to bring Mary Anderson into public notice. He has been a state director of the Maryland penitentiary for eighteen years, and is active in philanthropic work in Baltimore. He has written much for the periodical press.
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