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Richard S. Willis

Composer/Church Musician

Centurion, 1858–1877

Full Name Richard Storrs Willis

Born 10 February 1819 in Boston, Massachusetts

Died 7 May 1900 in Detroit, Michigan

Buried Woodlawn Cemetery, Detroit, Michigan

Proposed by Charles P. Daly

Elected 6 March 1858 at age thirty-nine

Archivist’s Note: Uncle of Freeman Josiah Bumstead. Composer of “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear.”

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