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Joseph Hazelton

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Joseph Hazelton
Joseph H. Hazelton

c. 1853
DiedOctober 6, 1936(1936-10-06) (aged 82–83)

Joseph H. Hazelton (c. 1853 – October 6, 1936), aka Joseph Hazleton, was an American stage and film actor. He appeared in 30 films between 1912 and 1922. As a boy program giver at Ford's Theatre, he witnessed the assassination of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865.

Life and career

Hazelton debuted on stage as a child when a production at Grover's Theater in Washington, D.C. needed a boy to play a young prince in King John. Thereafter, he continued to stay around the theater, doing odd jobs and handing out programs. In 1910, he was a member of the Columbia Players in Washington, D.C.[1]

When the Pasadena Community Playhouse presented Our American Cousin in 1930, Hazelton spoke during intermission of each performance, relating what he witnessed as he observed the assassination.[2] In 1933, Hazelton gave a lecture at May Company Exposition Hall in Los Angeles and talked about watching Booth shoot Lincoln.[3] An article in Good Housekeeping in its February 1927 edition, titled "This Man Saw Lincoln Shot," was the basis for a leaflet that Hazleton released to raise funds later in his life.[4]

On Broadway, Hazelton performed in Skipper & Co., Wall Street (1903).[5]

Hazelton died in Los Angeles, California on October 6, 1936.

Selected filmography

See also


  1. ^ "Joseph Hazelton recalls". The Washington Herald. July 3, 1910. p. 19. Retrieved January 28, 2021 – via
  2. ^ "Hazelton will tell story of great tragedy". The Pasadena Post. March 17, 1930. p. 17. Retrieved January 28, 2021 – via
  3. ^ "Listen to a Rare Recording of an Eyewitness Account of Lincoln's Assassination". Hyperallergic Media. May 3, 2017.
  4. ^ Joseph H. Hazelton. "The assassination of President Lincoln / - The Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection".
  5. ^ "Joseph Hazelton". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on January 28, 2021. Retrieved January 28, 2021.

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