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James Lord Pierpont (1822 - 1893)

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James Lord Pierpont
Born in Boston, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USAmap
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Husband of — married in Troy, Albany County, New Yorkmap
Husband of — married [location unknown]
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Died in Winter Garden, Orange, Florida, USAmap
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Profile last modified | Created 9 Apr 2013 | Last significant change: 26 Nov 2018
00:13: Gil Davis edited the Biography for James Lord Pierpont (1822-1893). (added cemetery) [Thank Gil for this]
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Categories: Laurel Grove Cemetery (North), Savannah, Georgia | Confederate Army, United States Civil War | 5th Regiment, Georgia Cavalry, United States Civil War.


  • Birth: 25 APR 1822 Boston, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
  • Marriage: 23 SEP 1810 Litchfield, Litchfield, Connecticut, USA
  • Death: 05 AUG 1893 Winter Garden, Orange, Florida, USA
  • Composer of Jingle Bells.
  • Served the South during the Civil War.
James Lord Pierpont Jingle Bells
Readers Digest Merry Christmas Songbook Section 4 Christmas is a Winter Fantasy
"Though for most of us 'Jingle Bells' has come to be practically synonymous with Christmas, James Lord Pierpont wrote it in 1857 for a Thanksgiving program at the large Boston church where he taught Sunday school. He titled his song 'The One Horse Open Sleigh' and made the rhythm so jaunty and the words so catchy that his 40 little Sunday schoolers learned it almost instantaneously. A friend of Pierpont's,admiring the song, called it a 'Merry Little Jingle' and helped give the tune the name by which we know it today. The children's first performance was such a success that they were asked to repeat it at Christmastime, whereupon the sleigh apparently took on as Santa's sled, and 'Jingle Bells' became a Christmas song forever."
From Rhoda Cowles Diary, vol. II, Morris, CT Library - "James worked on a farm when I knew him." page 104 in diary and page 151 in typed manuscript.
It was in his home in Pensacola, FL that Pierpont died in 1893. He is buried with his second wife in Savanah, GA. The Hour, Norwalk, CT. 12/13/1999. Article from the newspaper was written by his granddaughter, Constance Turner.


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On 16 Nov 2017 at 14:24 GMT Karol (Baker) Gray wrote:

Pierpont-725 and Pierpont-113 appear to represent the same person because: File created in error, discovered with addition of wife.

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