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Augustus Henry Glossop Harris Passes Away

Today in Masonic History Augustus Henry Glossop Harris passes away in 1896.

Augustus Henry Glossop Harris was a British actor, impresario and dramatist.

Harris was born in Paris, France on March 18th, 1852. Both of his parents worked in the theatre. His father was a dramatist and his mother was a costumier. Shortly after his birth, his parents moved to London and he spent much of his childhood there. When he turned 12 he returned to Paris to further his education.

In 1877, Harris starred in one of the most successful London plays of the day, The Pink Dominos. Two years later he became the manager of Drury Lane Theatre. There he was nicknamed the "Father of modern Pantomime". His first pantomime production was Blue Bird followed by Forty Thieves. At Christmas time Drury Lane Theatre became renowned for their holiday entertainment. Harris produced and co-wrote all of the large scale pantomimes the theatre put on for Christmas.

In 1881, Harris married Florence Edgcumbe Rendle. The couple's wedding was held in St Luke's Church, Redcliffe Gardens. After Harris' passing, Rendle re-married in 1804.

Later in life Harris turned his attention to politics. In 1890, he became a member of the London City Council. In 1891, he became sheriff and deputy lieutenant of the city of London. He became chairman of the Eccentric Club, a gentlemens club in London. He was also knighted.

Harris has been commemorated with a fountain at Drury Lane Theatre. The fountain contains various masonic symbols.

Harris passed away on June 22nd, 1896.

Harris was a member of Savage Club Lodge No. 2190 in London, England.

This article provided by Brother Eric C. Steele.