Foster, Stephen C(ollins)
- Deane L. Root
(b Lawrenceville, now part of Pittsburgh, July 4, 1826; d New York, Jan 13, 1864). American songwriter of Scots-Irish descent.
He was born the ninth child of William Barclay Foster, a businessman and sometime politician, and Eliza Clayland Tomlinson. Though neither parent was musical, their daughters' education in voice and piano and Mrs Foster's subscriptions to literary magazines brought music and poetry into the home. The details of his life and career are sketchy. His first biography, an introduction to a collected edition of his songs, written by his brother Morrison (...