Ted Lewis, 1890-1971 / Circleville's Ted Lewis

Ted Lewis, 1890-1971 / Circleville's Ted Lewis (HM8LG)

Location: Circleville, OH 43113 Pickaway County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 36.478', W 82° 56.661'

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Ted Lewis, 1890-1971
"Is Everybody Happy?"
One of the outstanding American showmen of the twentieth century, Ted Lewis was born Theodore Leopold Friedman in Circleville to a prominent business family. Stagestruck at an early age, Lewis began performing in cabarets, vaudeville shows, and nightclubs throughout Ohio at age 17, and moved to New York in 1915. Ted opened his own cabaret in 1918. With his animated stage persona, his clarinet, and his trademark cane and battered top hat, Lewis enjoyed a wide appeal with his jazz age audiences. His "Me and My Shadow" act exemplified his popularity during the 1920s, at which time he was the highest-paid entertainer in the business. His career spanned over six decades, from vaudeville to television. Lewis died in New York in 1971.

Circleville's Ted Lewis
As Circleville's most famous native son, Ted Lewis contributed significantly to his hometown. Having performed in the first Pumpkin Show in 1903, Lewis continued to promote Circleville's trademark festival throughout his career. He returned to Circleville often and performed a successful benefit show here in 1952; with his wife Adah Becker Lewis (1897-1981), he bought and donated the land for Ted Lewis Park, and supported local Berger Hospital. The Ted Lewis Museum, dedicated in 1977, occupies the only remaining building that stood on Circleville's original circle. It interprets the life and career of "The Jazz King" and contains significant collections in the history of early twentieth century American music. Ted and Adah Lewis are interred at Circleville's Forest Cemetery.
HM NumberHM8LG
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
Historical Period20th Century
Historical PlacePark
Marker TypeMemorial
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleInterpretative Marker / Sign
Marker Number4-65
Year Placed2001
Placed ByOhio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, City of Circleville, Ted Lewis Park Board and The Ohio Historical Society
Marker Condition
5 out of 10 (2 reports)
Date Added Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 7:20pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
Location Descriptionpublic park
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 333079 N 4386052
Decimal Degrees39.60796667, -82.94435000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 36.478', W 82° 56.661'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 36' 28.6800" N, 82° 56' 39.6600" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)614, 740
Can be seen from road?Yes
Is marker in the median?No
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Picnic Ave, Circleville OH 43113, US
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I Saw The Marker

great condition

Jan 14, 2017 at 1:33pm PST by jmiller1812

I Saw The Marker

Ohio Historical Society Marker in good condition

Jan 14, 2017 at 1:32pm PST by jmiller1812

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