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George F. Root

ROOT, George Frederick. b. Sheffield, Massachusetts, 30 August 1820; d. Bailey Island, Maine, 6 August 1895.  At the age of six, Root's family moved to North Reading, Massachusetts, about 18 miles north of Boston.  In 1838, he began working in Boston for music teacher Artemas Nixon Johnson (1817-1892), and through him was introduced to the musical opportunities of Boston.  Already a flute player, Root took lessons on flute and organ, took voice lessons from George James Webb*, and soon came under the influence of Lowell Mason*, who, with Webb had opened the Boston Academy of Music in 1833.  By 1840, Root had begun teaching with Mason in the Academy and in the Boston public schools. By the...

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