Benjamin Hanby

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Birthday
22, 1833
Birthplace
Ohio
Death Date
Mar 16, 1867 (33)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
22, 1833
Birthplace
Ohio
Death Date
Mar 16, 1867 (33)

About

Perhaps most famous for his Christmas songs "Jolly Old Saint Nicholas" and "Up On the House Top," this nineteenth-century composer also wrote a hymn titled "Who Is He In Yonder Stall?" In addition, he composed a popular song, "Darling Nelly Gray," that tells the story of a slave who has been separated from his love.

Before Fame

After graduating from Otterbein University, he became a pastor at an Ohio branch of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ.

Trivia

He died in his thirties of tuberculosis.

Family Life

He and his father, Bishop William Hanby, both helped slaves escape to freedom via the Underground Railroad.

Associated With

Chicago-based music publisher George Frederick Root bought the publishing rights to "Up On the Housetop" in 1865.