Frank J. Hecker papers 1891-1908 (bulk 1898-1905)
John Howard Payne was born in New York City on June 9, 1791, the son of William Payne and Sarah Isaacs. He spent much of his childhood in Boston, where he began to act, publish journals, and write plays. After briefly attending Union College, he became a professional actor, performing in the United States and Europe. Payne was also a successful playwright. His most famous and lasting composition is perhaps the song "Home Sweet Home." From 1843-1845 and 1851-1852, Payne was United States consul to Tunis, where he died on April 9, 1852.