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William Burke Wood

(Born: May 26, 1779 - Died: September 23, 1861)

American actor, comedian, and theater manager.

Born in Montreal. His parents were Mr. Burke and Thomizen English, both of whom had moved to Canada just before the American Revolution, but returned to New York about 1784. After failing as an accoutant, a lawyer's assistant and a businessman, Wood turned to the theatre, making his acting debut in Annapolis, MD. His final performance on the stage was in Baltimore, MD. He was chiefly associated with the Chestnut Street Theater, in Philadelphia, PA. He died in Philadelphia, PA.

William Burke Wood


  • Heartman, Charles F. and James R. Canny, A Bibliography of First Printings of the Writings of Edgar Allan Poe, Hattiesburg, MS: The Book Farm, 1943.
  • Mabbott, Thomas Ollive, ed., The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe (Vols 2-3 Tales and Sketches), Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1978. (Second printing 1979)
  • Thomas, Dwight and David K. Jackson, The Poe Log: A Documentary Life of Edgar Allan Poe 1809-1849, Boston: G. K. Hall & Sons, 1987.
  • Wood, William B., Personal Recollections of the Stage, Embracing Notices of Actors, Authors, and Auditors During a Period of Forty Years, Philadelphia: Henry Carey Baird, 1855.

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