Mr Henry Birkhardt Harris

Henry Birkhardt Harris


Mr Henry Birkhardt Harris, 45, was born on 1 December 1866 in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of a well-to-do Jewish couple, William Harris and Rachel Freefield.

Henry was educated in the public schools of St. Louis and Boston and married Rene Wallach on October 22, 1899. They had no children.

Henry managed such personalities as Lily Langtry and Amelia Bingham in "The Climbers" and launched Robert Edeson as a star. He became manager of the Hudson Theater in 1903 and the Harris Theater in 1906, The Folies Bergere in 1911. He was a Mason and was affiliated with the Democratic party. At one time he served as the treasurer of the Actors' Fund of America, was a trustee of the Hebrew Infant Asylum of New York. He was also associated with the Howard Athenaeum of Boston for a number of years. He had 18 companies on tour during he tour season 1910-1911. He was President of the Henry B. Harris Company, and the Director of Theater Managers of Greater New York.

Harris and his wife boarded the Titanic at Southampton, they occupied cabin C-83 (ticket number 36973, £83 9s 6d).

Among the other First Class Passengers was his friend John D. Baumann.

Mr Harris died in the disaster, his body, if recovered, was never identified.



Henry B. Harris (1)
The Traveling Salesman - poster for Broadway play produced by Henry B. Harris
Hudson Theatre programme 1909

Articles and Stories

Boston Daily Globe (1922) 
New York Times (1914) 
Unidentified Newspaper (1912) 
Billboard Magazine (1912) 
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Daily Home News (1912) 
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Washington Herald (1912) 
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Daily Home News (1912) 
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Brooklyn Daily Times (1912) 
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Phillip Gowan, USA
Arthur Merchant, USA

References and Sources

Passport Application, Bureau of Citizenship, May 4 1908

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(2017) Henry Birkhardt Harris Encyclopedia Titanica (ref: #149, updated 26th August 2017 10:44:01 AM)

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