The OHS Pipe Organ Database

BuilderID 7883

Builder Identification

Boston, Massachusetts, 1838-1876

Additional Notes

  • From the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders, by David H. Fox (Richmond, Va.: Organ Historical Society, 1991). -

    William Benjamin Dearborne Simmons: Born April 27, 1823 in Cambridge, Massachusetts; apprentice with E. & G. G. Hook firm of Boston, Massachusetts, age 15; with Thomas Appleton of Boston, Massachusetts; partner with Thomas McIntire in Simmons & McIntire of Boston, Massachusetts, 1845-1851; partner with George Fisher in Simmons & Fisher of Boston, Massachusetts, 1856-1857; partner with John Henry Willcox in Simmons & Willcox of Boston, Massachusetts, 1858-1861; operated W. B. D. Simmons & Co. of Boston, Massachusetts, 1860-1876; died October 31, 1876 in Boston, Massachusetts.

    Staff: Eadward A. Tilton.

    W.B.D. Simmons may have been used as an alternate nameplate for W.B.D. Simmons & Co. -Ed.


    • Orpha Ochse, The History of the Organ in the United States (Bloomington: Indiana University Press) 1975. 135.
    • Barbara Owen, The Organ in New England (Raleigh: The Sunbury Press) 1979. 412.

Database Entries

There are 7 entries in the database that describe organs by Wm.B.D. Simmons.

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