Hubert P. Main

Hubert P. Main
Short Name: Hubert P. Main
Full Name: Main, Hubert P. (Hubert Platt), 1839-1925
Birth Year: 1839
Death Year: 1925

Born: Au­gust 17, 1839, Ridge­field, Con­nec­ti­cut.
Died: Oct­ob­er 7, 1925, New­ark, New Jer­sey.

Son of Syl­ves­ter Main, Hu­bert at­tend­ed sing­ing school un­til 1854, when he went to New York Ci­ty and worked as an er­rand boy in a wall­pa­per house. In Ap­ril 1855, he be­came an er­rand boy in the Bris­tow & Morse pi­a­no com­pa­ny. That same year, he helped his fa­ther ed­it the Sun­day School Lute song­book by Isaac Wood­bu­ry. In 1867, Main was called to fill a po­si­tion in Wil­liam Brad­bu­ry’s pub­lish­ing house. Fol­low­ing Brad­bu­ry’s death in 1868, the Big­low & Main pub­lish­ers were formed as its suc­cess­or. In ad­di­tion to pub­lish­ing, Main wrote over 1,000 piec­es of mu­sic—part song, sing­ing school songs, Sun­day School mu­sic, hymns, an­thems, etc. He al­so col­lect­ed mu­sic books; in 1891, he sold his col­lect­ion of over 3,500 vol­umes to the New­ber­ry Library in Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois, where they were known as the "Main Lib­ra­ry." Main’s works in­clude:

Book of Praise for the Sun­day School, with George A. Bell (New York: Big­low & Main, 1875)
Little Pil­grim Songs/, with Mrs. Wil­bur F. Crafts (New York: Big­low & Main, 1884)
Hymns of Praise, with George A. Bell (New York: Big­low & Main, 1884)
Gems of Song for the Sun­day School, with Ira Sank­ey (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: The Big­low & Main Co., 1901)

Hall, pp. 141-6
Hughes, pp. 480-1
Jones, pp. 89-90
McCutchan, p. 299
Hustad, p. 280
Nutter, p. 461

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