John Howard Payne biography

John Howard Payne

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1791 – 1852

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Who was John Howard Payne?

John Howard Payne was an American actor, poet, playwright, and author who had most of his theatrical career and success in London. He is today most remembered as the creator of "Home! Sweet Home!", a song he wrote in 1822 that became widely popular in the United States, Great Britain, and the English-speaking world. After his return to the United States, Payne spent time with the Cherokee Indians. He published accounts that suggested their origin as one of the Ten Lost Tribes of ancient Israel.

In 1842, Payne was appointed American Consul to Tunis, where he served for nearly 10 years until his death. Payne was a distant cousin of the American parlor song composer Carrie Jacobs-Bond, born 10 years after Payne's death.

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Born
Jun 9, 1791
New York City
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Union College
Died
Apr 10, 1852

Submitted
on July 23, 2013