1831–1902

Introduction

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Born: May 23, 1831, Stock­bridge, Ver­mont.

Died: Jan­u­a­ry 13, 1902, Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts.

Buried: Tafts­ville Bur­y­ing Grounds, Tafts­ville, Ver­mont.

Biography

William was the son of Or­son Per­kins and Han­nah Rust, and bro­ther of Hen­ry Per­kins.

He at­tend­ed the Kim­ball Un­ion Acad­e­my in Mer­i­den, New Hamp­shire, then stu­died music in Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts; Lon­don; and Mi­lan, It­a­ly.

Settling in Bos­ton, he found­ed a mu­sic acad­e­my and pub­lished a num­ber of hym­nals. He lived in Bos­ton 1857–84, then moved to New York Ci­ty.

Ham­il­ton Col­lege award­ed him an hon­or­a­ry doc­tor­ate of mu­sic de­gree in 1879.

Publications

Sources

Lyrics

Music

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