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A Kindergarten Preacher in Toys

Woody Register

in The Kid of Coney Island

Published in print August 2003 | ISBN: 9780195167320
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849710 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167320.003.0007
A Kindergarten Preacher in Toys

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Fred Thompson died early on 6 June 1919 at St. Vincent's Hospital, New York, following an operation for a range of physical disorders involving gallstones, appendicitis, and hernia. He was buried next to his mother on the periphery of Woodlawn Cemetery, the scenic resting place in the Bronx for many of the City's most powerful financiers, industrialists, speculators, retailers, and stage personalities. Thompson had not mounted a major project in four years; his estate, after paying for his funeral, was valued at seven hundred dollars. So hard up was Thompson at the time of his death that a headstone was not placed on his grave until 1922, by which time his friends and former associates had collected enough money to commission a modest monument.

Keywords: Fred Thompson; capitalists; death; New York; estate

Chapter.  9273 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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