Born: Oc­to­ber 23, 1819, Be­ver­ly, Mas­sa­chu­setts.

Died: Oc­to­ber 26, 1858, Co­lum­bia, South Ca­ro­li­na.

Buried: Nor­walk Un­ion Ce­me­te­ry, Nor­walk, Con­nec­ti­cut.



Isaac was the hus­band of Ma­ry Ab­by Put­nam.

He stu­died with Lo­well Ma­son in Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chusetts, and had fur­ther stu­dies in Pa­ris and Lon­don in the late 1830’s.

After re­turn­ing to Bos­ton, he taught mu­sic, played the or­gan, and con­duct­ed chor­al groups.

He ed­it­ed the World of Mu­sic and the Am­er­i­can Month­ly Mu­sic­al Re­view. In 1849, he moved to New York.

After con­tract­ing tu­ber­cu­lo­sis, he tra­veled in the Me­di­ter­ra­ne­an and Flor­i­da.

His works in­clude or­a­to­ri­os, can­ta­tas, cho­rus­es, glees, pi­a­no piec­es, and teach­ing piec­es.


  1. Ho, Reap­ers of Life’s Har­vest
  1. Burlin
  2. Burton
  3. Chopin
  4. Edmeston
  5. Ella
  6. Eucharist
  7. Faithful
  8. Lake Enon
  9. Modena
  10. Nearer Home
  11. Phillips
  12. Rakem
  13. Rockport
  14. Selena
  15. Siloam
  16. Sinner For­giv­en, A
  17. Speed Away, Her­alds of Light
  18. Talmar
  19. Vanmeter
  20. Woodbury