b Philadelphia, 21 September 1787
d Philadelphia, 9 May 1791, aged fifty-three
He was, in his own words, 'the first Native of the United States who has produced a Musical Composition'. His work was entirely vocal, with organ or harpsichord accompaniment. He was a judge from
1779 until his death. He wrote essays, poetry and pamphlets; drew and designed well; invented a shaded candlestick, a new method of quilling a harpsichord, and a metronome. As a statesman he was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.
My Days Have Been So Wondrous Free, for voice and harpsichord
Collection of Psalm Tunes
The Psalms of David, for voices and organ