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Circleville in Pickaway County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

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

"Is Everybody Happy?"

 
 
Ted Lewis, 1890-1971 Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 31, 2008
1. Ted Lewis, 1890-1971 Marker
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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
Circleville's Ted Lewis Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 31, 2008
2. Circleville's Ted Lewis Marker
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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.
 
Erected 2001 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, City of Circleville, Ted Lewis Park Board and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 4-65.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicCemeteries & Burial SitesEntertainmentScience & Medicine. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1915.
 
Location. 39° 36.51′ N, 82° 56.644′ W. Marker is in Circleville, Ohio, in Pickaway County. Marker is at the intersection of Picnic Avenue and Rosewood Avenue, on the left when traveling north on Picnic Avenue. Marker is north of the picnic shelter in Ted Lewis Park.
Ted Lewis, 1890-1971 / Circleville's Ted Lewis Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 31, 2008
3. Ted Lewis, 1890-1971 / Circleville's Ted Lewis Marker
Looking south.
Main park entrance at intersection of Ted Lewis Drive and Court Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 128 Rosewood Ave, Circleville OH 43113, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pickaway County Vietnam Veterans Memorial (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Zieger House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Caleb Atwater (approx. 0.4 miles away); High Street Cemetery War Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Memorial Hall (approx. half a mile away); War Savings Quota (approx. 0.6 miles away); Pickaway County Civil War Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); Our Safety Forces (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Circleville.
 
Ted Lewis Park Entrance off Court Street image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 31, 2008
4. Ted Lewis Park Entrance off Court Street
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 3, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,303 times since then and 46 times this year. Last updated on May 14, 2021, by Grant & Mary Ann Fish of Galloway, Ohio. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 3, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   4. submitted on November 6, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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