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Presser, Theodore (03 July 1848–28 October 1925), music publisher and pedagogue, was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the son of Christian Presser, who operated a glue factory, and Caroline Dietz. His father, a German immigrant, died when Theodore was ten. At age fourteen Theodore worked in a Pittsburgh iron foundry to help support the family. At age sixteen, he was employed as a clerk in C. C. Mellor’s music store in Pittsburgh, where he eventually became manager of the sheet music department. This experience acquainted him with the music trade and the pedagogical needs of music teachers, awakening interests that would determine the future course of his life....