1765–1844

Introduction

Born: Sep­tem­ber 18, 1765, Shir­ley, Mas­sa­chu­setts.

Died: Sep­tem­ber 4, 1844, Charles­town, Mas­sa­chu­setts. His last words are said to have been, I have some beau­ti­ful airs run­ning through my head, if I on­ly had the strength to note them down. He must have been hear­ing the an­gels sing.

Buried: Phipps Street Bur­y­ing Ground, Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts.

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Biography

Holden lived most of his life in Charles­town, Mas­sa­chu­setts, near Bos­ton. Though a car­pen­ter and real es­tate deal­er in his pro­fess­ion­al life, he al­so or­gan­ized ma­ny mu­sic schools, and served as le­gis­lat­or and pas­tor.

When Amer­i­can pre­si­dent George Wash­ing­ton vis­it­ed Bos­ton in 1789, Hold­en wrote the lyrics and score and trained the choir which sang the mu­sic that greet­ed Wash­ing­ton at the Old State House.

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Lyrics

Music