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Power, Tyrone

POWER, TYRONE [WILLIAM GRATTAN] (1797-1841), Irish actor, was born near Kilmacthomas on the 2nd of November 1797. At the age of fourteen he joined a company of strolling players, eventually getting small parts in the London theatres. On the sudden death of Charles Connor he was given his parts and was immediately recognized as the best stage Irishman of his generation, becoming a popular favourite in London, Dublin and America. He was on board the ill-fated " President " when she foundered at sea in March 1841. Power wrote and performed several Irish plays, and published three novels and his Impressions of America (1836). He had married when twenty and left a widow and seven children, the oldest of whom, Sir William Tyrone Power, K.C.B. (b. 1819), became Commissary-general of the British army and was knighted in 1865.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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