Hoyt, Charles H.

Charles Hale HoytCharles Hale Hoyt (1860-1900) was one of the most famous American authors of his time, specializing in “farce comedy,” early models of American musical comedy. His biggest hit was A Trip to Chinatown (1893), in which young couples are separated from their chaperones with amusing results. From this show came three songs still known today–“After The Ball,” “Ruben and Rachael,” and “The Bowery.” Hoyt was twice elected to the New Hampshire legislature. At his untimely death he bequeathed his estate to the Actors Fund of America and to the club his mansion in Charlestown, New Hampshire. It was later sold and became a public library. For his generosity, Hoyt was named the first Immortal Lamb in 1933.