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Oliver Holden
Birth: Sep. 18, 1765
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Sep. 4, 1844
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA

Composer. Growing up in Gorton, Massachusetts, he learned the trade of cabinetmaking. He served as a marine on the frigate "Dean" during the Revolutionary War, participating in the capture of five British warships. In 1783 he became interested in music composition. He settled in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1785 where he was a carpenter, merchant, and land developer, and soon became a prominent and wealthy citizen, serving several terms in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. When George Washington visited Boston in 1789, he wrote the lyrics and score of an ode, and trained the choir that greeted Washington at the Old State House. From 1792 to 1807 he wrote some 230 compositions and published books on sacred music, the most prominent being "The American Harmony" (1793), "Union Harmony, or a Universal Collection of Sacred Music" (1793 and 1801), "Sacred Dirges" (1800), "Charlestown Collection" (1803), co-wrote "The Massachusetts Complier" with Hans Gram and Samuel Holyoke (1795), and edited "The Worcester Collection of Sacred Harmony" (1797). He is especially remembered for his tune "Coronation" written about 1793 to Edward Perronet's hymn "All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name" which is said to be the earliest American Hymn tune still in use. Just before he died, his last words are reported to have been, "I have some beautiful airs running through my head, if I only had the strength to note them down." (bio by: William Bjornstad) 
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  Thomas Freedom Holden (1798 - 1879)*
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Phipps Street Burying Ground
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA
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