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RAYMOND, John T., actor, born in Buffalo, New York, 5 April, 1836; died in Evansville, Indiana, 10 April, 1887. His original name was John O'Brien ; was educated in the common schools, and made his first appearance, 27 June, 1853, at the Rochester theatre as Lopez in " The Honeymoon." In the summer of 1857 he accompanied Edward Sothern to Halifax, Nova Scotia, and afterward appeared at Charleston as Asa Trenchard in "Our American Cousin," with Sothern as Lord Dundreary. He went to England in 1867, and on 1 July he appeared in London at the Haymarket theatre as As a Trenchard with Sothern, making a great success, and afterward made a tour of the British provincial theatres in company with Sothern, and also acted in Paris. Returning to this country in the autumn of 1868, he reappeared in New York, playing Toby Twinkle in "All that Glitters is not Gold." A little later he went to San Francisco, where, on 18 January, 1869, he made his first appearance as Graves in Bulwer's comedy of " Money." Mr. Raymond returned to New York in 1871, and there his greatest success was achieved in 1874, when he brought out at the Park theatre "The Gilded Age." In this Mr. Raymond took the part of Colonel Mulberry Sellers, which he rendered peculiarly his own, and in which he delighted thousands by the original character of his humor. He went to England on a professional engagement in 1880, but his character of Colonel Sellers did not prove popular and he soon returned. He appeared on the stage for the last time in Hopkinsville, Kentucky Though Mr. Raymond's talent as a comedian was not of the highest order, it was of such a peculiar character as to secure him success. Mr. Raymond's wife accompanied her husband to Europe, and played Florence Trenchard in " Our American Cousin" at the Theatre des Italiens, Paris. She also accompanied him to California, and took the role of Clara Douglas in " Money."
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