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 - SUNDAY, JUNE 26, 1887; - ; founder of the...
SUNDAY, JUNE 26, 1887; - ; founder of the Eaglish drama in this city, the builder and proprietor of the three principal theaters erected in this city and the introducer of eaa for tha illumination of pwnUe baildlaga. Many other elaima had James Henry Caldwell to the kindly and grateful remembrance of our people. To him. more than to any other person, is due the honor aad- renown of founding and giving so great an impetus to the wonderful growth of what baa been known aa the American portion of the city, now known as the First and Fourth municipal districts, wnieh include half tha population and wealth of the city. When Mr. Caldwell arrived here la 181T this portion of tha city wss designated as a faubourg or faubourgs, and was chiefly owned and laid ont in plantations and largely oov-ered by swam pe. When the American population began to overflow from the old city into this onee hontejg and fishing ground ot the youth ot she day, there arose a -big boom tor investment, settlement and improvement. In which Mr. Caldwell took a prominent and leading part. We doubt if even in modern times there has been so sue-cesifol and solid a -boom" as thas which resulted In the conversion of the old fau-bdarg St. Mary into tha 8eeond municipality ot New Orleans, wbea it sprung into existence In 183d, and beoama the moat flourishing and progressive portion ot our city. No one acted a more prominent part in this development than James H. Caldwell. In every enterprise which promoted this great result no one was more conspicuous than James H. Caldwell. No wiser or more efficient administrator ever represented the constituency of this municipality in the city government. Bnt this is not the place to describe his remarkable and eventful career in the city in whioh he passed his manhood and old age. Before leaving Virginia, in which Mr. Caldwell had made heroio efforts to revive the taste for tha drama, which had received so great a shock from the burning of the Richmond Theater, in 1813, whereby so menr prominent pnblio officials of the state perished, he had married a widow lady ot one of the first families of Virginia, con-nee tad with the Lees, tha Carters and the Wormleya, By this lady he became the father of William Shakapere Caldwell, who grew up to manhoodtone of the handsomest and most accomplished young gentlemen in the state. By his marriage to that wealthy heiress. Miss Breckinridge of Kentucky, and by hia successful management of his father's property in the gas works ot Cincinnati, Mr. W. S. Caldwell became very rich, and at his death left the two daughters referred to above the large estate which they now own and from which they have made such munificent contributions to farther the noble designs of tbe church of which they are sincere and devoted daughters. ' Tbe whole family, including grandfathers, father, grandmother and mother, were not originally of the Cathollo faith, but were all gathered into that fold, and became ardent and devoted children thereof. The parents- devoted much time, effort and wealth to the support ot Cathollo institutions ot charity and education, and Mr, W. 8. Caldwell was believed to have contracted the disease of whioh he died, through bis exposure in a visit to Richmond in midwinter in the Interest of tbe society of which he was the founder for the shelter and education of the little children of the poor, upon which he had conferred a very large endowment. Tbe paragraph we clip from tbe World derives additional interest to our people from the reference to Cardinal Gibbons, wbo is so well remembered . as the diligent, serious and studious young clerk in the grocery store opposite the Picayune building, so longkept by tbe cardinal's brother-in-law, Mr. Swarbricx, and which was once the store of our estimable fellow-citlxea Mr. W. C Raymond-

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  1. The Times-Picayune,
  2. 26 Jun 1887, Sun,
  3. Page 3

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