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DEMPSTER, William Richardson, musician, born in Keith, Scotland, in 1809; died in London, England, 7 March 1871. He was apprenticed to a quill maker in Aberdeen but soon left the trade and devoted himself to music. He came to the United States in early life, became a naturalized citizen, and remained several years. Afterward his time was spent about equally on either side of the Atlantic. He was a successful composer and public singer, his voice being very effective in par1or singing, though lacking the volume necessary for a large hall. He set Tennyson's "May Queen" to music, which became popular, and afterward composed music for most of the songs introduced in Tennyson's longer poems, which were his favorites for his concerts, He was noted among his friends for his genial spirit and strict morality.
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