Lyon, James (1735-1794)

Presbyterian minister and psalmodist.

Published Urania, a collection of hymn tunes (Philadelphia, 1761). Likely author of The Lawfulness, Excellency and Advantages of Instrumental Musick in the Public Worship of God (Philadelphia, 1763). Ordained (1764). Preached at Halifax and Onslow, Nova Scotia. Called to the new parish of Machias, Maine (1772). Supported Revolution and sent Washington a plan for the conquest of Nova Scotia (1775). Received land grants and operated a salt distillery.

Son of Zopher and Mary Lyon of Newark, New Jersey. Educated at the College of New Jersey (Princeton) (A.B. 1759); composed music for class ode. Married (1) Martha Holden (1768). Married (2) Sarah Skillen (1793).