February 20, 1809, Thetford, Norfolk, England.

February 1, 1865, Washington, DC.

Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, DC.


West emigrated to New York in 1835, then moved to Washington, DC, in 1843. In 1844, he became the official reporter of the General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He was also on the committee appointed by that conference to prepare a standard edition of the Methodist hymnal. That collection appeared as Hymns for the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1849. He also edited the Columbia Magazine (1846–49), the New York Commercial Advertiser (1858), & the Washington, DC, Chronicle (June 1863). Around 1864, he became head of the Bureau of Military Justice. His works include:

  1. Come, Let Us Tune Our Loftiest Song
  2. Now, Lord, Fulfill Thy Faithful Word

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