Father of acclaimed playwright had fateful meeting with Monmouth lawyer

Eugene O’Neill’s father, James, in an 1869 portrait, taken not long after he visited Monmouth. (Harvard Theatre Collection)
James O’Neill may have dined at the home of Monmouth attorney Solon Burroughs, which stood on the northeast corner of East Archer Avenue and North 2nd Street.
James O’Neill in his mature acting days, circa 1915.

Editor and historian for Monmouth College. Avid researcher of western Illinois history for 40 years. FB and Twitter. jrankin@monmouthcollege.edu

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Jeff Rankin

Jeff Rankin

Editor and historian for Monmouth College. Avid researcher of western Illinois history for 40 years. FB and Twitter. jrankin@monmouthcollege.edu

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