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J. Sebastian B. Hodges

Short Name: J. Sebastian B. Hodges
Full Name: Hodges, J. Sebastian B. (John Sebastian Bach), 1830-1915
Birth Year: 1830
Death Year: 1915

Born: 1830, Bristol, Gloucestershire, England.
Died: May 1, 1915, Baltimore, Maryland.
Buried: Allegheny Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Son of composer Edward Hodges, John emigrated to America in 1845, and attended Columbia University and the General Theological Seminary in New York City. Ordained an Episcopal minister in 1854, he served at the Grace/Second Episcopal Church, Newark, New Jersey (1860-70), and was Rector of St. Paul’s, Baltimore, Maryland, for 35 years. His works include:

The Book of Common Praise, 1869
The revised edition of Hymn Tunes, 1903

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