1803–1887
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June 24, 1803, near Salisbury, Wiltshire, England.

October 7, 1887, Orange, New Jersey.

Rosedale Cemetery, Orange, New Jersey.

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Webb be­gan his ca­reer as an or­gan­ist in Fal­mouth, Eng­land.

In 1830, he em­igrat­ed to Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts, where he was played the or­gan at the Old South Church for al­most 40 years. He al­so served as organ­ist at and be­longed to the Bos­ton Church of the New Je­ru­sa­lem.

He and Lo­well Ma­son found­ed the Bos­ton Academy of Music, as well as col­lab­o­rat­ing on their Mu­sic­al Lib­ra­ry.

Webb com­posed sev­er­al chor­al and or­gan works, in­clud­ing Prelude in E♭ and Post­lude in A. His best known tune, Webb, came from his se­cu­lar song Tis Dawn, the Lark is Sing­ing; this song was per­formed at a mu­sic­al show on a ship cross­ing the At­lan­tic Ocean.

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