Isaac Baker Woodbury

WOODBURY, Isaac Baker. b. Beverly, Massachusetts, 23 October 1819; d. Columbia, South Carolina 26 December 1858. Woodbury was a blacksmith turned musician who contributed nearly 700 hymn tunes and secular songs to the American musical landscape. At eight years of age, he lost his father; at 13, he moved to Boston to study music and learn the violin, acquiring a school teaching position with the help of Lowell Mason* with whom he studied; and at 19, he travelled to Europe to study in London and Paris.  Upon his return, Woodbury taught music in Boston for six years. From 1843–44, he was organist at Marlborough Chapel in Boston; from 1846–48, he was corresponding editor of World of...

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