James Rees

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James Rees (1802 – 1885) was an American author, playwright, and editor.

Biography[edit]

Rees was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania. He worked as a salesman, and as a clerk for the United States Post Office in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1][2][3]

Rees was co-editor of the Mechanics' Free Press, 1831; and editor of The Dramatic Mirror, 1842; and of The Philanthropist, 1854. He was closely involved with the Home Missionary Society of the City and County of Philadelphia, a Christian evangelist organization.[4]

He and his wife Anna were the parents of four children, the first two of whom were born in their mother's home state of Louisiana.[5][6]

Bibliography[edit]

Books

  • The Beauties of the Hon. Daniel Webster; Selected and arranged, with a critical essay on his genius and writings, 1839.
  • The Dramatic Authors of America, 1842.
  • Mysteries of City Life; or, Leaves from the World's Book, 1849.
  • The Tinker Spy: A Romance of the Revolution, 1855.
  • Foot-Prints from a Letter Carrier; or, A History of the World's Correspondence, 1866.
  • The Life of Edwin Forrest, 1874.
  • Shakespeare and the Bible, 1875.

Plays

  • The Headsman
  • Washington at Valley Forge
  • Changes
  • Marion
  • Pat Lyon
  • Anthony Wayne

References[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. Census, June 1, 1850. State of Pennsylvania, County of Philadelphia, City of Philadelphia, sheet 166.
  2. ^ U.S. Census, June 1, 1860. State of Pennsylvania, County of Philadelphia, City of Philadelphia, p. 395.
  3. ^ U.S. Census, June 1, 1880. State of Pennsylvania, County of Philadelphia, enumeration district 390, sheet 98.
  4. ^ James Rees, Mysteries of City Life, 1849, pp. 19–25.
  5. ^ U.S. Census, June 1, 1850. State of Pennsylvania, County of Philadelphia, City of Philadelphia, sheet 166.
  6. ^ U.S. Census, June 1, 1860. State of Pennsylvania, County of Philadelphia, City of Philadelphia, p. 395.

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