1817–1873

April 18, 1817, Wes­ton, Con­nec­ti­cut.

October 5, 1873, Ridge­field, Con­nec­ti­cut.

Sylvester was the son of Jo­shua Main and Han­nah Gil­bert, and father of Hu­bert Main.

He started out as a singing school teacher. He later partnered with Lu­ci­us Big­low to take over Will­iam Brad­bu­ry’s business in 1867, forming the well known Big­low & Main publishing house.

Among the playmates who used to gather on the village green was Syl­ves­ter Main, who was two or three years older than I. He was a prime favorite with the gentler sex, for he used to protect us from the annoyances of more mischievous boys. In the autumn of 1834 mother and I left Ridge­field and went to live again in West­ches­ter County [New York]; and I then bade my friend, Syl­ves­ter, adieu. Not until thirty years later did we meet again, this time, strangely enough, in the office of Will­iam B. Brad­bu­ry with whom he was afterwards a business partner; and from 1864 to the time of his death in 1873 we worked together constantly.

Crosby, p. 8

Main’s works include:

  1. Breaking Morn
  2. Brownsville
  3. Living for Jesus
  4. Perez
  5. Phillips