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John W. Considine

1868 – 1943


College educated, brawny, brainy Considine was a teetotaler and a devout Roman Catholic. Somehow he squared his conscience with running notorious box-houses (gambling, drinking and “dance hall girls”) in Seattle during the Yukon Gold Rush until he was able to transform his box-houses into a chain of respectable vaudeville houses that almost reached across the breadth of the USA. He was dogged every step of the way in building the Sullivan & Considine vaudeville circuit by his indefatigable rival, Alexander Pantages.

Sullivan was also involved in professional boxing, politics and moving pictures. Find out the origin of “this town isn’t big enough for both of us” and John W’s showdown with the sheriff.