1784–1872

Introduction

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Born: Oc­to­ber 15, 1784, Wash­ing­ton, Con­nec­ti­cut.

Died: May 15, 1872, New York Ci­ty.

Buried: Green-Wood Ce­me­te­ry, Brook­lyn, New York.

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Biography

Thomas was the son of Seth Hast­ings and Eu­nice Par­me­lee, and hus­band of Ma­ry Sey­mour.

He grew up a farm boy, walk­ing six miles to school in the win­ter. He be­gan his ca­reer as a music teach­er. In 1823, he be­came ed­it­or of the West­ern Re­cord­er in Uti­ca, New York.

From 1832 un­til his death, Hast­ings trained choirs and de­vel­oped re­li­gious mu­sic, pen­ning al­most 1,000 hymn tunes and 600 texts.

His son, Tho­mas Sam­u­el Hast­ings (1827–1911), who be­came pre­si­dent of Un­ion The­o­lo­gic­al Se­mi­na­ry in New York Ci­ty, said of him:

He was a de­vout and ear­nest Chris­tian, a hard stu­dent, and re­so­lute work­er, not lay­ing aside his pen un­til three days be­fore his death.

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