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Kimball, Jacob. (Topsfield, Massachusetts, February 15, 1761--July 24, 1826, Topsfield). He graduated from Harvard in 1780, studied law, taught school, and tried to make a living at various other occupations, with small success except in the field of music where he was regarded as an outstanding singer, teacher, and composer of his period. He edited Rural Harmony (Boston, 1793) which he followed with Essex Harmony (1800), and Essex Harmony, Part II (1802), which included the only tunes of his own composition which can now be identified as his, except those in the popular Village Harmony (1795) the later editions of which, down to 1821, were probably edited by him. There is evidence that he also wrote poetry, including a number of hymns, som… Go to person page >