Charles Dazey

Charles Turner Dazey (August 13, 1855 – February 9, 1938) was an American writer and playwright.

He was born in Lima, Illinois attended the state university in Lexington, Kentucky, and graduated from Harvard University in 1881. He edited The Harvard Advocate and was elected poet of his class. While at college his poems were published in The Century Magazine. His comedietta Rustication was produced at the Boston Museum while he was a sophomore.[1]

In 1892 Dazey wrote the libretto for War-Time Wedding, music by Oscar Weil of San Francisco, produced by The Bostonians with Henry Barnabee and Alice Nielsen. He wrote several plays for Kate Putnam, American King for James O'Neill and The Little Maverick for Maggie Mitchell. His greatest success, In Old Kentucky, was written for Jacob Litt. For over 26 years it had uninterrupted production in America. After writing for Broadway, he wrote for film including Manhattan Madness for Douglas Fairbanks, The Mysterious Client for Mrs. Vernon Castle and Shifting Sands for Gloria Swanson.

He was a member of the Lambs Club in New York. He married the actress Lucy Harding and died February 9, 1938 in Quincy, Illinois. He donated the land used to build Dazey, North Dakota, which was named in his honor. His father was Mitchell Dazey who served in the Illinois General Assembly.[2]

Broadways shows written by Charles Dazey

  • Humming Sam Based on the play In Old Kentucky April 8, 1933 – April 8, 1933
  • The Stranger December 21, 1911 – January 1912
  • The Three Lights October 31, 1911 – November 1911
  • The Girl from Texas June 1, 1908 – [unknown]
  • The American Lord April 16, 1906 – May 1906
  • Home Folks December 26, 1904 – January 1905
  • The Suburban March 23, 1903
  • The Tarrytown Widow May 9, 1898 – [unknown]
  • The War of Wealth February 10, 1896 – [unknown]


  1. 'Quincy Playwright Dead,' The Decatur Daily Review (Illlinois), February 10, 1938, pg. 4
  2. 'Obituary-The Hon. Mitchell Dazey,' The Davenport Morning Democrat (Iowa), September 12, 1896, pg. 1
  • Carolyn Lowrey (1920). "Charles T. Dazey". The First One Hundred Noted Men and Women of the Screen (PDF). Moffat, Yard. pp. 42–43. Retrieved 2007-06-19.

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