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Lee Hastings Bristol, Jr.

BRISTOL, Lee Hastings, Jr. b. Brooklyn, New York, 4 September 1923; d. Syracuse, New York, 11 March 1979. Bristol was born into an illustrious family, long associated with the village of Clinton, New York. It included Dr Seth Hastings (1745-1830) father of 11 children (one son the hymn-tune composer Thomas Hastings*), and William McLaren Bristol (1860-1935), co-founder of the Bristol-Myers Company and father of Lee Hastings Bristol (1892-1962). William McLaren Bristol was well aware, and proud, of his ancestral connection to Thomas Hastings (it is noted in the Westminster Choir College Newsletter, 26 June 1959, p. 4: ‘A lineal descendant of Dr. Thomas Hastings, noted hymnwriter of the 19th...

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