Attended U. England, circa 1836.
Came to American, 1853. Wrote numerous plays for American stage, 1853-1862, including The Young Actress, 1853, The Poor of New York, 1857, The Octoroon, 1859. Owned theater, Washington, District of Columbia, 1858.
Manager Winter Garden Theater, New York City, 1859. Acted with Laura Keene in several Irish comedies including The Collegians, 1860-1862. Lived in England, 1862-1872.
Wrote and produced The O’Dowd (1873), The Shaughraun (1874) in which he toured United States. Wrote or adapted over 130 plays during career as manager and actor.
Married Agnes Robertson, circa 1853. Married second, Louise Thorndyke, 1885.