FAMOUS FAIRGOERS & PERFORMERS   (page six)


Prince Pu Lun  was the the nephew of the Emperor of China, and was the fourth member of the imperial Chinese family to ever visit foreign shores. And the highest Chinese dignitary that had ever visited the US in 1904. He was thought to be the next emperor of China, but Prince Chun was  named. Pun Lun, a son of Prince Tsai Chic,  who under the reign of Prince Tung Chih, was considered the heir presumptive. Nevertheless, Pun Lun never became emperor.  

Arriving in St. Louis on May 4th, he dedicated the Chinese pavilion (a replica of his Summer Palace), two days later.

 The Prince stayed at the Fair for about 2 weeks, attending many official functions, and visited several cities in the US during his trip, including a well-noted dinner at Moy Key in Indianapolis on the week of May 17th. His visiting were part of a failed attempt for China to modernize. 


Rebecca Ann Felton (June 10, 1835 – January 24, 1930) was an American writer, lecturer, activist, reformer, and politician who became the first woman to serve in the US Senate, although she served for only two days (in a symbolic gesture.) She was the most prominent woman in Georgia in the Progressive Era, and was honored by appointment to the Senate. She was sworn in November 21, 1922, and served just 24 hours. At 87 years, nine months, and 22 days old, she was the oldest freshman senator to enter the Senate. She was the only woman to have served as a Senator from Georgia until January 6, 2020.

She graduated first in her class from the Madison Female College, Madison, Georgia in 1852. A year later she married William H. Felton, a local physician active in liberal Democratic politics. She assisted her husband in his political career as a U.S. congressman and later in the state legislature, writing speeches, planning campaign strategy, and later helping to draft legislation.

Both William and Rebecca promoted penal reform, temperance, and women’s rights. She was  outspoken against  prejudice of African Americans and Jews, and her advocacy of child labor and lynching.

She served on the board of lady managers at the 1893 Chicago Exposition and was on the agricultural board during the 1904 St. Louis Louisiana Purchase Exposition.



Dr. Alexander Nicolas DeMenill  (March 23, 1849 – November 29, 1928) A great-grandson of Madame Chouteau (mother of the founder of St. Louis), Alexander was  a literary critic and son of Dr. Nicolas N. De Menil of the Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion fame as well as an attorney before becoming a man of letters. From 1894 to 1917 he was editor of the "Hesperian," a literary periodical in St. Louis. This was about the same time that William Marion Reedy was publishing his "Mirror." DeMenil's greatest contribution was as an author- "The Literature of the Louisiana Purchase Territory." As editor of a genteel magazine he did not think much of Reedy's "Mirror," saying that "for all its literary flavor, the "Mirror" was occupied chiefly with local & social interests. The "Hesperian" does not publish stories, it is devoted entirely to the higher literature." He knew writer Kate Chopin from childhood, but when her book "The Awakening" was banned in St. Louis, he refused to review it in his magazine.

Alexander DeMenil served on the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition as the Director of the French Exhibit and translator to the French dignitaries that visited St. Louis in preparation for the Fair.

To the right, you can  see DeMenill in front of his office in the French Exhibit.
Many foreign dignitaries and celebrities (or future celebrities),  visited the 1904 World's Fair. here are a few famous people that  either performers or visited the Fair. This list is by no means a  complete  list. if anyone would like to  add some other known  fairgoers, please send me some information  and I will add and credit you. The people  are listed in order  that  I  either  discovered them  or found  a picture of  them.

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