John B. Grant

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Born: 1850

Died: 1912


John Beveridge Grant was born in Newburgh, Orange County, New York. He worked for the firm of Stewart Good and Co., manufacturers of dresses, NYC, and the Central National Bank of NYC. He was a naturalist and wrote Our common birds and how to know them (1891). He was also an active musician. He was organist and choir director at New Jerusalem Church, NYC, and at First Presbyterian Church, New Rochelle, NY. His compositions include a comic opera, several cantatas, anthems, part-songs, and many children’s songs including a collection in collaboration with music educator Peter W. Dykema titled Pussy willow: and other nature songs for little folk. His two-act comic opera, The Mystic Isle (or The Laws of Average), with words by Sydney Rosenfeld, was first performed at the Temple theatre, Philadelphia.

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