1765–1844

Sep­tem­ber 18, 1765, Shir­ley, Mas­sa­chu­setts.

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.

Phipps Street Bur­y­ing Ground, Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts.

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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.

Holden co-wrote the Mass­a­chu­setts Com­pil­er of The­o­re­tic­al Prin­ci­ples (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: 1795). Among his com­pil­a­tions are:

  1. All Those Who Seek a Throne of Grace
  2. With Con­scious Guilt, and Bleed­ing Heart
  3. Within These Doors As­sem­bled Now
  1. Boundless Mer­cy
  2. Coronation
  3. Hopkinton
  4. New Union