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George Washington Parke Custis

playwright

George Washington Parke Custis, American playwright.

Background

Custis, George Washington Parke was born on April 30, 1781 in Mount Airy, Maryland, United States. Son of John Parke and Eleanor (Calvert) Custis.

Education

Attended St. John’s College, Princeton.

Career

Commissioned colonel United States Army and aide-de-camp to General Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, 1799. Volunteer for defense Washington (District of Columbia) during War of 1812. Began series “Recollections of Washington” in United States Gazette, 1826, continued in National Intelligencer, published in book form, 1860.

His 1st play The Indian Prophecy performed Chestnut Street Theater, Philadelphia, 1827, published, 1828. Pocahontas, or the Settler of Virginia performed Walnut Street Theater, Philadelphia, 1830, published, 1830, The Railroad, 1830. North Point or Baltimore Defended, performed in Baltimore, 1833.

Eighth of January appeared Park Theater, New York City, 1834.

Connections

Married Mary Lee Fitzhugh, 1804, 1 daughter, Mary.

father:
John Parke Custis

mother:
Eleanor (Calvert) Custis

spouse:
Mary Lee Fitzhugh