January 23, 1838, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
April 16, 1908, Ingleside, New York.
Cedar Grove Cemetery, Flushing, New York.
James was the son of Jonas Preston Fairlamb and Hannah Kennedy, and husband of Marion K. Higgins.
He was playing the organ in Philadelphia by 1852. He studied in Paris and Florence (1859–61), and was mostly in Washington, DC, as an organist, 1865–72. He then moved to New York, where he played the organ and taught. He wrote many songs, choral and church works, and the operas Valerie (privately given in Washington), Treasured Tokens (Philadelphia), Love’s Stratagem, and The Interrupted Marriage.
U.S. President Abraham Lincoln appointed Fairlamb to be American consul in Zürich, Switzerland (1865–65).
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