Stephen Collins Foster, beloved American songwriter, was born in Pennsylvania in 1826. See the following timeline for key dates in his life and Wikipedia for a detailed biography. He died in 1864 and is buried in Allegheny Cemetery in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1826 Birth, July 4, in the family home, White Cottage, Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania
1827 Baptism, April 22, at Trinity Episcopal Church
1829 Jane Denny McDowell (Stephen's future wife) born December 10 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania
1846 Stephen went to Cincinnati, where he was a bookkeeper for his brother's business. While in Cincinnati he wrote Oh,Susanna
1848, the California Gold Rush begins on January 24 when James W. Marshall finds gold at Sutter's Mill in Coloma, California. "Oh! Susanna" became an anthem of the Gold Rush
1850 February 19 "Gwine to Run All Night, or De Camptown Races" entered and deposited for copyright by F.D. Benteen, Baltimore 
1850 Marriage, July 22, to Jane "Jinny" McDowell in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, by Rev. Theodore B. Lyman of Trinity Episcopal Church
1851 Daughter Marion born April 18 in Pennsylvania
1851 Old Folks at Home (Swanee River)
1861 April, Civil War begins
1864 Beautiful Dreamer
1864 Dies January 13 in Bellevue Hospital, New York, New York
1903 Wife Jinny dies January 9 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania
Steven was born 4 Jul 1826 in Lawrenceville, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA. He died 13 Jan 1864 in Bellevue Hospital, New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA.
Stephen Collins Foster: a biography of America's folk-song composer 
Doo-Dah!: Stephen Foster and the Rise of American Popular Culture 
Stephen Foster: Youth's Golden Gleam 
Chronicles of Stephen Foster's family (1944)
My brother Stephen, by Morrison Foster 
Stephen Foster's chronology 
The Melodies of Stephen C. Foster (1909) 
Find a Grave 
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On 19 Feb 2018 at 19:28 GMT Lucy (Selvaggio) Selvaggio-Diaz wrote:
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On 27 Nov 2017 at 23:24 GMT Betty Tindle wrote:
I can remember as a child, about 9 years old, sitting in the library and reading books about him. (My mother was a classical pianist so I love music, although I do not play.)
In the 60's, when I was little, his songs were still very popular.
I think his profile should be protected in some way, an American Icon!!!
On 14 Sep 2014 at 13:22 GMT Dan Thompson wrote:
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