Dan Emmett

Daniel Decatur Emmett (October 29, 1815  June 28, 1904)[1] was an American songwriter, entertainer, and founder of the first troupe of the blackface minstrel tradition, the Virginia Minstrels.[2] He is most remembered as the composer of the song "Dixie".

Dan Emmett
Birth nameDaniel Decatur Emmett
BornOctober 29, 1815
Mount Vernon, Ohio, U.S.
DiedJune 28, 1904(1904-06-28) (aged 88)
Mount Vernon, Ohio, U.S.
Allegiance United States
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service18341835
AwardsSongwriters Hall of Fame (1970)
Spouse(s)
Catharine Rives
(m. 1853; died 1875)

Mary Bird
(m. 1879)
Other workSongwriter