Lowell Mason ( 1792-1872 )
Born: January 8, 1792, Medfield, Massachusetts.
Lowell Mason lived in Savannah, Georgia, for 15 years, working in banking, but pursuing his true love--music--on the side. After composing a collection of music, he was rejected by numerous publishers until finally being accepted by the Handel and Haydn Society of Boston, Massachusetts, his native state. That "rejected" collection eventually went through 17 editions and sold 50,000 copies.
In 1827, Mason returned to Boston and became president of the Handel and Haydn Society. And it was in Boston that he became the first music teacher in an American public school. In 1833, he co-founded the Boston Academy of Music; in 1838, he became music superintendent for the Boston school system. Lowell Mason wrote over 1,600 religious works in his lifetime.
Died: August 11, 1872, Orange, New Jersey
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