Robert Stults

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Robert M. Stults


Robert M. Stults (1 June 1861, Hightstown, N.J. – 24 March 1923) was an American composer and businessman.

At age 11, his family moved to Long Branch, New Jersey, where he attended school and studied music with various local teachers. He graduated from Long Branch High School in 1880 and immediately became the music teacher there. Concurrently, he studied piano and composition with Frederick Brandeis.

In 1886, Stults moved to Baltimore, Maryland, where he opened a piano and sheet music store. While there, he studied organ with several local organists. In 1898, he went to Philadelphia and became manager of the retail division of a large piano dealer.

Stults composed ballads, songs, and instrumental pieces, sometimes under pseudonyms. Prior to 1910, he mostly wrote popular music, but after 1910, he wrote more sacred and bigger works. Stults's most famous work is The Sweetest Story Ever Told, a sentimental favorite.

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