Edwy Wells FOSTER

Male 1838 - 1901  (63 years)


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  • Name Edwy Wells FOSTER 
    Born 06 Aug 1838  Shelburne Falls, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 06 Oct 1901  Waltham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID P61241  Doty Family in America | Edward1 Doty, Samuel2 Doty
    Last Modified 11 Oct 2019 

    Father Dan Packard FOSTER,   b. 11 Nov 1815, Winchester, NH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Aug 1893  (Age 77 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Louisa Maria DOTY,   b. 11 May 1819, Bernardston, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 10 May 1837  Greenfield, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F14573  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • He was for a great many years a prominent dentist, on Bacon Street, Boston, MA, but retired in 1886 to devote himself to literary pursuits. In 1875 he graduated in Boston as DM, and at the public exercises of the Univ. in Tremont Temple, delivered the valedictory. He also wrote the class poem and the class song. The year following his graduation he was invited by the faculty to institute the Chair of Dental Pathology and Therapeutics. He was a graduate of several other schools and colleges, and held membership in several professional societies, dental and medical. During his 25 years as a dentist, he was also an author, critic, and composer to a considerable extent, and in the latter direction has composted as his greatest musical work thus far, an historical opera called "Ye Pilgrims". The libretto, also written by him, is founded on the exact chronological events of the first year of the Pilgrims at Plymouth, and every character and principal event are strictly historical. The whole work comprised a continuous effort of over five years, and is the grateful tribute of the author to the memory of his Pilgrim ancestor, Edward Doty, and the other heroic compatriots of the Mayflower, who survived the melancholy first winter at Plymouth. Besides also a smaller operatic work, on a "Legend of the Shetland Islands", he composed nearly 100 songs, duets, trios and quartettes, which have been published in various cities of the country, and among them are several which enjoy a standard popularity, both at home and abroad. From the first of his professional career, he has been a regular contributor to certain principal medical, dental and musical journals, and in 1885 had several volumes of an ancient, historical and biographical nature in various stages of preparation for publication. In the early part of the War of the Rebellion, he enlisted in the 27th Mass. Vols., one of the original regiments of Burnside's expedition, and served in the battles of Roanoke, VA, Newbern and other fields in North Carolina. In the two monster musical "Peace Jubilees" (National, 1869, and International, 1872), held in Boston under the presidency of Mr. P. S. Gilmore, the originator, he was one of the first flutes in both grand orchestras, which numbered each 1000 selected players from all the principal cities of the United States.