Abraham Maxim

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Born: 3 January 1773, South Carver, Massachusetts

Died: 28 March 1829, Palmyra, Maine


Abraham Maxim was an American composer of the early nineteenth century. In the 1790's he settled in Turner, Maine, where he was a schoolteacher and singing master. In 1827 he moved to Palmyra, Maine, where … in 1829 he 'dropped dead in the street with [manuscripts of] music and a spelling book in his pocket' " (Steel and Hulan 2010). He published several books, mostly of his own compositions.


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  • Maxim, Abraham, Compiler. 1802. The Oriental Harmony. Exeter, New Hampshire: Henry Ranlet. 56 pp.
  • Maxim, Abraham, Compiler. 1805. The Northern Harmony. Exeter, New Hampshire: Henry Ranlet. 151 pp. Second Edition, 205 pp., 1808; Fourth Edition, 242 pp, 1816; Fifth Edition, 140 pp., 1819.


  • Steel, David Warren, and Richard H. Hulan. 2010. The Makers of the Sacred Harp. Urbana, Illinois: University of Illinois Press. 322 pp.

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