James Pierpont

Ca. 1850-1851   Address Unknown, San Francisco, California.[1]                                                  1857                      109 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts.[2]

James Pierpont was listed in Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians. (New York, New York.)  P. 1409.

Born in Boston 1822,                                                                                                                                          Died Winter Haven, Fla. 1893                                                                                                                        Father John Pierpont was an abolitionist minister in Boston and held the rank of Brig. General in the Union Army during the Civil War.                                                                                        James joined the confederacy during the Civil War.                                                                        James was also an American composer

Jingle Bells, or The One Horse Open Sleigh (1859) which did not become popular until the 20th century.  His best known works were the Little White Cottage, or Gentle Nettie Moore (1857);  We Conquer or Die (1861); and Strike for the South (1863).

2016 December 8.  On line article in BU Today “Jingle Bells”…Pierpont could not have written “Jingle Bells”  in a Medford tavern in 1850, because in 1850, he was in California trying in vain to cash in on the Gold Rush.  He did enjoy some small measure of success as a daguerreotype artist, at least until an 1851 San Francisco fire burned down his shop.  He returned to Boston broke.

James Pierpont is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Boston in 1857.

[1] On-line article in BU Today News, Opinion Community.  December 8, 2016 by Joel Brown.  “Jingle Bells” History takes surprising tern beloved Christmas favorite was first performed in Boston Minstrel Hall.  (Research by Kyna Hamill).

[2] Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.

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