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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 21 June 1856Fort Union, New Mexico, USA
Date of Death 10 December 1910Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA  (paralysis)

Spouse (3)

Effie Shannon (1890 - 1893) (divorced)
Mrs. Carleton (? - ?) (divorced)
Olive May (actress) (? - 1898) (divorced)

Trivia (11)

Worked as a playwright in the 1890's. Carleton had 5 plays produced for the Broadway stage from 1894-1899 (see "Other works").
American Playwright and Inventor.
His most successful plays were "A Gilded Fool" and "Butterflies".
Son of American Civil War General James Henry Carleton (1814-1873). Henry is buried beside his father at Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
Graduated from Santa Clara College.
Joined the 8th U.S. Calvary as a 2nd lieutenant and participated in campaigns against the Kiowas and Arapahoes along the Rio Grande River. He resigned from the army in 1876 to become a newspaper reporter.
Invented several electrical devices, such as a telebarograph that measured the level of smoke and fire damp in a coal mine, electrically-controlled locks and fire alarms and a device that he claimed cured neuralgia and neuritis.
Was a member of the New York Yacht Club.
Carleton probably inherited his literary ambition from his father, General James H. Carleton, who wrote "The Battle of Buena Vista" (1848), based on his experience in the Mexican War. Earlier in life, James had wanted to be a novelist and sought the advice of Charles Dickens whose letter in reply discouraged him but was nevertheless preserved.
Ethel Barrymore had her stage debut at age 16 in a Broadway production of Carleton's "The Imprudent Young Couple" (1895).
According to The New York Times, he was married three times.

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