CREAMER, David. b. Baltimore, Maryland, 20 November 1812; d. Baltimore, 8 April 1887. David Creamer was one of eleven children born to Joshua Creamer (nda) and Margaret Smith (nda). Creamer was educated in private schools in Baltimore until the age of 17. He was a partner in his father’s lumber business until 1858 and served in several small government positions after that time. He was a devout Methodist who developed a strong interest in the hymnody of the church, and who became the first American hymnologist of note. Creamer’s pioneering work is Methodist Hymnology comprehending notices of the poetical works of John and Charles Wesley showing the origins of their hymns in the Methodist...
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