Eliphalet Oram Lyte

Eliphalet Oram Lyte (1842–1913) was an American teacher and author of grammar and composition textbooks. He is credited as the composer of the tune to the popular song "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" in the publication The Franklin Square Song Collection (1881, New York). It is also indicated that he adapted the lyrics, previously published to a different melody.

Lyte was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, taught there in Millersville, Pennsylvania, and died there. Dr. Lyte entered the Millersville State Normal School in 1866 after serving in the Civil War and teaching for two years. He became professor of rhetoric and bookkeeping in 1868 and later a professor of pedagogy and grammar before being named principal. He was associated with the school for 44 years before his resignation due to ill health. Credited for the first building boom at Millersville, he designed and directed the construction of the Science Building (since removed), the Library (currently Biemesderfer Executive Center) and the Gymnasium (now Dutcher Hall). He also oversaw the construction of the Model School, formerly Myers Hall and now Charles and Mary Hash Building.

His textbooks include:

  • Grammar and Composition for Common Schools
  • Advanced Grammar and Composition

Birth and Death Data: Born 1842, Died 1913

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1916 - 1917

Roles Represented in DAHR: author

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-18760 10-in. 11/27/1916 Scotland burning Elsie Baker ; Marguerite Dunlap ; Alice Green Female vocal trio, unaccompanied author  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Lyte, Eliphalet Oram," accessed June 8, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/328668.

Lyte, Eliphalet Oram. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 8, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/328668.

"Lyte, Eliphalet Oram." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 8 June 2023.

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