Septimus Winner

Septimus Winner

Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 22 Nov 1902 (aged 75)
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Bala Cynwyd, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Montgomery Section, Lot 16
Memorial ID 17702805 · View Source
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Songwriter. As a boy growing up in his hometown of Philadelphia, he studied music and by the age of twenty owned his own music store and became a much sought after music instructor. He was an accomplished author, writing over two hundred music instruction manuals for over twenty instruments. Using several pseudonyms, including the name "Alice Hawthorne", "Sep"also became a prolific composer. His first successful song "What is Home Without Mother?" was written in 1854. Among his most popular songs are the beloved hymn "Whispering Hope" (1868) and "Listen to the Mockingbird" (1855), which he regrettably sold the rights to for only five dollars. It has sold over twenty-five million copies. He also wrote the lyrics for "Oh Where, Oh Where has my Little Dog Gone" (1864) and "Ten Little Indians (1868). During the Civil War he was briefly incarcerated for writing the song "Give us Back Our Old Commander: Little Mac, the People's Pride". The song, calling for the return of the dismissed Union General George McClelland did cause an uproar. He was arrested for treason but was released when he promised to destroy all remaining copies. In 1970 he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Septimus Winner (11 Mar 1827–22 Nov 1902), Find a Grave Memorial no. 17702805, citing West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .