Biography of Prof. Edward J. Connolly
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Connolly, Prof. Edward J., was born in Albany, April 13, 1831. His father, John Connolly, was born in New York and was a manufacturer of carriage trimmings, and removed to Troy in 1839 and later started a saddlery hardware store on Broadway; he possessed a fine tenor voice and directed the choir of St. Mary's and afterwards at St. Peter's churches; he died in 1873. His mother, Emilie Berault, was born in New York and died in 1887. Edward J. received his education in the public schools and Troy Academy, and when about ten years of age began to take lessons on the piano, and commenced his career as organist of St. Mary's church at the age of thirteen. When twenty one years of age he went to New York and was the organist at St. Ann's for a number of years. Aftenvards he was choirmaster and organist of the old Broadway Tabernacle, the Reformed church (corner Fifth avenne and Twenty first street) the Fifth Avenue Baptist church, and organist and pianist of the Harmonic Society of New York city. In 1872 he returned to Troy and for a short time was in isiness with his father, it returned to New York in 1879. He was the first and only musical director of the Troy Vocal Society; he still holds that position which he has filled for twenty consecutive years. He has been organist and choirmaster of Christ church since his return to Troy in 1891, In 1869 he was married to Alice M. Harrison of New York city, where she was at that time a prominent soprano. They have three daughters and two sons.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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