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Devil in the White City Part One

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Mr. Baltman
The Devil In The White City Part 1
Leah Willoughby
CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS:
1)Daniel Burnham: Moved to Chicago when he was nine years old. Was very bright, but had test anxiety and failed to get in to Yale or Harvard.   Burnham went through many careers before settling down in a firm with partner, John Root.
2)John Root: Musical prodigy. Was accepted to Oxford, but before he could get there his father summoned him back home.   He became Daniel Burnham’s partner in a firm. Began drafting the world’s fair, but before work started he passed away from pneumonia.
3)Frank Millet: An old friend of Burnham’s. Burnham thinks about him and tries to contact him while he is on a cruise, he can’t stop thinking about him. They worked on the world’s fair together and that is how they met.
4)John Sherman: Superintendant of the Union Stock Yards. He had Burnham and Root build a mansion on Prairie Avenue. Burnham was engaged to his daughter Margaret. Sherman wouldn’t call off their wedding when a scandal broke loose. John ran off to Europe with the daughter of a friend.
5)Mary Walker: Daughter of John Walker, she married Root. She became ill with tuberculosis. Within six weeks of her marriage to Root, she died.
6)Dora Monroe: Sister of Harriet Monroe(Mary Walker’s close friend). Dora married John Root after he was widowed due to Mary Walker’s death. They stayed together until John died from pneumonia.
7) Ferdinand Peck: Chicagoan who wanted to build an auditorium that was extremely acoustically correct. He chose Adler and Sullivan over Burnham and Root. This was in the midst of Burnham and Root’s downfall. He basically created a lot of tension between the two firms.
8)Chauncey Depew: Promised members of the White Chapel Club that if Chicago was chosen for the world’s fair, he would go to   the next meeting to get hacked apart by Jack the Ripper. He doubted Chicago. This man symbolized New York.
9)H. H. Holmes, previously known as Mudgett,   was bullied as a child...

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