October 7, 1746, Boston, Massachusetts.

September 26, 1800, Boston, Massachusetts.

Central Burying Ground, Boston Common, Boston, Massachusetts.


Billings was one of the first major Amer­i­can composers. A tanner by trade, he used to mark down the music he composed on the backs of hides on which he was working. His works include:

  1. Let Tyrants Shake Their Iron Rods
  1. Boston
  2. Chester
  3. Majesty
  4. Union