FANNY DAVENPORT - AUTOGRAPH 03/26/1881 CO-SIGNED BY: MAJOR LEVI THOMAS GRIFFIN - HFSID 65454
Sale Price $162.00
FANNY DAVENPORT; LEVI T. GRIFFIN
Album leaf signed on one side by the actress and on the other by the soldier politician
Signature: "Fanny Davenport/March 26th 81/Buffalo" and on verso "Levi T. Griffin/Detroit/Febr. 1. 1885", 7½x4¾. London-born American actress FANNY DAVENPORT, educated in Boston, made her New York stage debut in Faint Heart Never Won Fair Lady (1862). Davenport, who later had her own theatre company, was especially known for the plays of Victorien Sardou, including Fedora (1883) and Cleopatra (1890), playing roles originated in Europe by Sarah Bernhardt. She was the daughter of famed actor Edward Loomis Davenport, and the mother of D. W. Griffith actress Dorothy Davenport. All six of her siblings and both of her husbands performed on the stage, as did her niece, May Davenport Seymour, the mother of stage, film and TV actress Anne Seymour. LEVI T. GRIFFIN (1837-1906), a Detroit lawyer, served in the 4th Michigan Cavalry throughout the Civil War, brevetted to the rank of major. He ended the war as Assistant Adjutant General of the Cavalry Corps, Division of Mississippi. Returning to civilian life, Griffin practiced law, taught it at University of Michigan Law School, and served one term in the US Congress as a Democrat (1893-1895). Lightly toned. Lightly frayed at right edge. Pencil notes (unknown hand) at top edge of Davenport side (not affecting signature). Otherwise, fine condition.
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