Feb­ru­a­ry 20, 1809, Thet­ford, Nor­folk, Eng­land.

Feb­ru­a­ry 1, 1865, Wash­ing­ton, DC.

Oak Hill Ce­me­te­ry, Wash­ing­ton, DC.


West emi­grat­ed to New York in 1835, then moved to Washing­ton, DC, in 1843.

In 1844, he be­came the of­fi­cial re­port­er of the Gen­er­al Con­fer­ence of the Me­thod­ist Epis­co­pal Church. He was al­so on the com­mit­tee ap­point­ed by that con­fer­ence to pre­pare a stand­ard edi­tion of the Me­thod­ist hym­nal. That col­lect­ion ap­peared as Hymns for the Use of the Me­thod­ist Epis­co­pal Church in 1849.

He al­so ed­it­ed the Co­lumb­ia Ma­ga­zine (1846–49), the New York Com­mer­cial Ad­ver­tis­er (1858), & the Wash­ing­ton, DC, Chro­ni­cle (June 1863). Around 1864, he be­came head of the Bureau of Mil­i­ta­ry Jus­tice.

His works in­clude:

  1. Come, Let Us Tune Our Loft­i­est Song
  2. Now, Lord, Ful­fill Thy Faith­ful Word

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