1834–1895
The Singing Pilgrim

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Born: Au­gust 13, 1834, Chau­tau­qua Coun­ty, New York.

Died: June 25, 1895, Del­a­ware, Ohio.

Buried: For­est Hill Ce­me­te­ry, Fre­do­nia, New York.

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Biography

Philip was the son of Saw­yer Phil­lips and Ja­nie Par­ker, and hus­band of Ol­ive Ma­ry Ol­lie Clark.

Phillips be­gan teach­ing sing­ing school at age 19. In 1860, he formed a part­ners­hip in Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio, with Will­iam Sum­ner & Com­pa­ny, un­der the firm name of Phil­ip Phil­lips & Com­pa­ny, to sell pi­a­nos, or­gans, and Sun­day school song­books

Phillips fre­quent­ly in­tro­duced him­self in a town by put­ting a me­lo­de­on in a ve­hi­cle, park­ing on a prom­in­ent street cor­ner, and be­gin to sing and play. His mar­vel­ous voice drew large crowds.

In 1875, Phil­lips went on a tour of Aus­tral­ia, con­duct­ing over one hun­dred song ser­vic­es. He re­turned to New York two years lat­er, by way of Sri Lan­ka, In­dia, Ja­pan, Je­ru­sa­lem, Egypt, It­a­ly, Eur­ope, and Eng­land. He wrote Round the World with Des­crip­tive Songs about the ex­per­i­ence.

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