- Paul A. Richardson
Tourjée, Eben (01 June 1834–12 April 1891), music educator, was born in Warwick, Rhode Island, the son of Ebenezer Tourjée, a mill worker, and Angelia Ball. Tourjée was employed as a manual laborer as early as age eight; consequently, his formal education and musical training were limited. About 1850 he became a clerk in a music store in Providence. By 1853 Tourjée had moved to Fall River, Massachusetts, where he opened his own music store and led the music at the Bank Street Methodist Church. From this time until he settled in Boston in 1867, Tourjée was active in Providence, Fall River, Newport, Rhode Island, and East Greenwich, Rhode Island, as a teacher, church musician, editor, and entrepreneur. He began a periodical, the ...