Thaddeus W. Meighan
The announcement of the death of Mr. Thaddeus W. Meighan,
which took place early this morning, at his residence, No. 397 South
5th St., Williamsburgh, will take most of his friends by surprise,
and will be received by all with unfeigned sorrow.
Mr. Meighan was born in Westchester Co., and was, at the time
of his death, about 50 years old. He had been nearly all of his life
connected with the press, having commenced his career as editor and
publisher of a boys' journal called the Gothamite. He was
subsequently connected with the Sunday Times with Mr. Frank Bonar,
and remained on the paper after its sale and consolidation with
Noah's Messenger, as editorial writer and dramatic editor of the
Ledger after its purchase by Mr Bonar, and did much to ensure the
success of what seemed then a bold experiment. He was for several
years connected with the editorial department of the Express, and
subsequently with the Evening Press, a paper which had a short
existence as the organ of certain politicians, but which he made
exceedingly lively while it lasted. He had at different times been
connected in some way with nearly all the papers in the city, often
contributing to several of them at the same time. He had, within a
month past, taken a position on the Express, from which post he
was removed by the sudden access of the malady consumption, which
carried him off. It was apparent to his friends for some time that
his health was giving away, but the end at last came sooner than
could have been anticipated, and he may almost literally be said to
have laid down his pen to ?u??? on the long [?] rest.
Besides his connection with journalism, Mr. Meighan had
acquired considerable reputation as a playright [sic], having
produced several successful plays, among them were the "Fairy Circle"
and the "Waifs of New York, " both of which are still played. He was,
also, a few years since, associated with Allen & Boniface in the
management of the Old Bowery Theatre.
He served with credit during the late war, attaining the rank
of Captain, which he held at the close of the war.
Mr. Meighan was noted for his admirable industry and
faithfulness, no amount of work seeming to appal him, and none of it
being slighted. He was a firm friend and genial companion, and will
be missed and mourned by a large circle of friends. He leaves a widow
and eight children.