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date: 21 September 2019

Chanfrau, Franklocked

(22 February 1824–02 October 1884)
  • John Bush Jones

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Chanfrau, Frank (22 February 1824–02 October 1884), actor, was born Francis S. Chanfrau in New York City, the son of a French naval officer who settled in New York as an eating house proprietor, and Mehitable Trenchard. It is not insignificant that Chanfrau grew up in a tenement known as “The Old Tree House” at the corner of the Bowery and Pell Street, for it was Bowery life that inspired one of his greatest stage successes and the Bowery Theatre that launched his professional career....

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