John Brougham, an Irish actor and playwright, born in Dublin, May 9, 1810. He was intended for the medical profession, but the prospect of a government clerkship took him to London, where, being disappointed in this hope, he gave lessons in drawing for some time, and finally became an actor at the- Olympic theatre, and subsequently at the Haymarket, where he made a very successful first appearance in June, 1832. In 1842 he came to America, appeared at the Park theatre, New York, and subsequently performed in almost every theatre in the Union. Having managed a theatre in Boston, he built the Lyceum (afterward Wallaces) in New York in 1850, but relinquished it at the end of two seasons. He also managed the Bowery theatre, New York, in 1856-'7. About 1860 he'visited England, returning in 1865, since which time he has been mainly engaged in New York. Mr. Brougham is the author of various comedies, dramas, and extravaganzas, the most popular of which are "Pocahontas," "Romance and Reality," "My Cousin German," "David Cop-perfield," "Dombey and Son," adapted from Dickens, and " The Lily of France" (1872). He has collected some of his fugitive prose stories and articles into two volumes, called " A Basket of Chips " and " The Bunsby Papers".