Powers, Harry Joseph was born on September 15, 1859 in Nenagh, Tipperary County, Ireland. Son of Henry Joseph and Jane (Darcey) Powers.
Brought to Chicago, with parents in childhood. Educated St. Patrick’s Academy.
Began as usher, Hooley’s Theatre, Chicago, 1877, became business manager. Remodeled the theatre, 1898, changing name to Powers Theatre (building sold, 1923, and now occupied by annex to Hotel Sherman). President Amusement Company of Illinois, operating Illinois Theatre, Chicago.