Edward A. Perkins (1834-1922?) was born in Ohio and studied music under Lowell Mason and Thomas Hastings in Boston. For a time, he was choir director at Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, D. C. He was associated with John B. Herbert and Frederic H. Pease and participated in singing conventions throughout the northern states. He eventually retired to Portland, Oregon, and resided at the Patton Home. He composed a number of hymns and part-songs, Some appearing in song collections compiled for singing schools and conventions. In 1901, the newspaper “The Oregonian” reported Mr. Perkins had in his possession an anthem he had asked a U. S. Treasury clerk, John Pierpont, to compose for the dedication of the Calvary Baptist in 1866. John Pierpont was the composer of “Jingle Bells” and grandfather of financier John Pierpont “J.P.” Morgan.
All are mixed chorus unless noted; some contain divisi.