- Dennis Wepman
Winner, Septimus (11 May 1827–22 November 1902), songwriter, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the seventh child (hence his given name) of Joseph Eastburn Winner, a musical instrument maker specializing in violins, and Mary Ann Hawthorne, a relative of the novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne. Soon after his graduation from Philadelphia Central High School, around 1845, he joined his younger brother Joseph Eastburn Winner as a music publisher. He was never formally trained in music, although according to his biographer, Charles Eugene Claghorn, he took some lessons “in the art and science of music” from Leopold Meignen, “a famous music instructor at that time” (p. 28). In 1847 he married Hannah Jane Guyer, the daughter of a watchman. The couple had two children. Winner played the violin, guitar, banjo, and other instruments and taught them all in his shop. He also performed with the orchestra of the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia (which he helped found), the Cecilian Musical Society, and the Philadelphia Brass Band....