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Daniel E Kelley

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Daniel E. Kelley

Biography

Daniel E. Kelley (February 1843, Rhode Island – 1905, Iowa) was a musician and entertainer, who after moving to Kansas in 1872, wrote the music for Home on the Range, which became the state song.

Kelley played violin with his brothers-in-law in the Harlan Brothers Band, but was primarily a carpenter by trade. He married Mary E. Harlan in Kansas and they had four children. He moved to Iowa in 1889 and committed suicide there in 1905.


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