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Stephen Foster

Father of American Music Stephen Foster

Profession: Father of American Music

United States of America

Why Famous: Primarily known for his parlor and minstrel music.

He wrote over 200 songs, including "Oh! Susanna" and "My Old Kentucky Home".

Born: July 4, 1826
Birthplace: Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania, USA
Star Sign: Cancer

Died: January 13, 1864 (aged 37)

Married Life

  • 1850-07-22 Composer Stephen Foster (24) weds Jane Denny McDowell at Trinity Episcopal Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Historical Events

  • 1847-09-11 1st singing of Stephen Foster's "Susanna" (in Pittsburgh)

Famous Americans