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Brewster M. Higley

Brewster Martin Higley VI (November 30, 1823 – December 9, 1911) was an otolaryngologist who became famous for writing "My Western Home." Originally written in 1872 and published under the title "My Western Home" in the Smith County Pioneer in December 1873, this poem later became the original lyrics for the famous American folk song "Home on the Range."

Because Higley wrote "Home on the Range" while living in Smith County, Kansas, and because Kansans felt it described their state very well, the Kansas legislature voted to make "Home on the Range" the official state song on April 8, 1947.

Birth and Death Data: Born November 30th, 1823 (Rutland), Died Shawnee

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1928 - 1932

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-42213 10-in. 4/24/1928 Home on the range Jules Verne Allen Male vocal solo, with guitar (self-accompaniment) lyricist  
Victor BRC-69655 10-in. 5/26/1931 Home on the range John Charles Thomas Baritone vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble lyricist  
Columbia W365074 10-in. 3/17/1932 Home on the range Frank Luther ; Carson Robison Male vocal duet, with "novelty accompaniment" lyricist  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Higley, Brewster M.," accessed October 20, 2020,

Higley, Brewster M.. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 20, 2020, from

"Higley, Brewster M.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 20 October 2020.

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