Conrad was born in Philadelphia, trained as a lawyer, and successful as a playwright, editor, and civic administrator. He established his literary reputation in 1841, when his play "Aylmere," or "Jack Cade," was produced in New York and Philadelphia; he abandoned his judicial career in 1845 to become associate editor of the "North American Review" and later an editor of "Graham's Magazine." In 1854 he became the first mayor of Great Philadelphia.
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