Biography of Charles W. Huntington
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C. W. HUNTINGTON, HARTFORD: Professor of Music.

Prof. Charles Wesley Huntington was born in New London, March 13, 1329, and received a common school education. He adopted the profession of music and was organist and teacher from 1846 until 1886. He located in Hartford in 1856 and occupied for years the professorship of music in the State Normal School in New Britain, and in the Hartford High School, and Hartford Female Seminary. Prof. Huntington was the first to discover the merits of the great singer, Signor Foli, and introduced him to the brilliant experience he has had in Europe and the United States. When the Professor first observed the talents of the distinguished vocalist, he was a carpenter in this city. The first systematic musical training which he received was from Prof. Huntington. As a musician, the Professor has attained an enviable reputation, and his efforts in behalf of the higher musical instruction and training have placed the public under permanent obligations to him.

It should be stated that the subject of this sketch is of the eighth generation from Christopher Huntington, who as a child sailed from England with his father (Simon) and mother in 1633, the father dying on shipboard and being buried at sea. Christopher and his mother settled in Windsor, Conn., after their arrival in America, and since that generation all the American ancestors of C. W. Huntington have been natives of Connecticut.

There are many pleasant memories of Mr. Huntington's early professional career. Away back in 1852 he organized the " Continental Vocalists," and with them made a complete and most successful tour of the United States. After four years thus occupied he came to Hartford just before the opening of the presidential campaign of 1856. During this year the republican party in Hartford effected its original organization, and Mr. Huntington entered ardently into the work. He formed a patriotic glee club of one hundred and twenty five members, whose singing he personally conducted, which became one of the most effective features of the public demonstrations of that enthusiastic campaign. Later he organized the old "South Church quartette," by means of which the devotional exercises at that church acquired new interest and effectiveness. The musical accomplishments of this quartette and its leader made for them a reputation beyond the limits of the city, and they were induced to make frequent excursions into neighboring towns and cities, giving popular concerts and receiving a most royal welcome. All the members of the old quartette are still living. Since 1886 Mr. Huntington has discontinued active professional work, and devoted his time to various business enterprises. He is connected with the masonic fraternity, being one of the charter members of LaFayette Lodge, No. 100, of Hartford. His wife was Miss Martha Eddy of New Britain before her marriage. She has been for years one of Hartford's most noted singers Professor and Mrs. Huntington have but one child who is the wife of Mr. Charles E. Newton of this city.

From:
Illustrated Popular Biography
Of Connecticut
Compiled and Published by J. A. Spalding
Press of the Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co.
Hartford, Conn. 1891


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