Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography/Blondin, Emile Gravelet

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Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography
Blondin, Emile Gravelet
Edition of 1900. See also Charles Blondin on Wikipedia, and our Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography disclaimer. One word inserted from the 1891 edition.

BLONDIN, Emile Gravelet, funambulist, b. in St. Omer, France, 28 Feb., 1824; d. in London, Eng., 22 Feb., 1897. In 1855 he was engaged by William Niblo to perform with the Ravel troupe in New York, and was subsequently part proprietor of a circus. On 30 June, 1859, he accomplished the remarkable exploit of crossing the Niagara river on a tight rope, and afterward crossed with a man on his back, and performed similar feats in other parts of America and Europe. The rope on which he crossed, a short distance below the falls, at a height of 150 feet from the water, was 1,300 feet long and 3¼ inches in diameter.