American composer and musicteacher; born at Rehoboth, Mass.; followed the trade of comb-maker, but also taught music and composed hymn-tunes, some of which are still used, including Lisbon, Russia, Sherburne, Winter and Windham. He also published The American Singing Book; The American Musical Magazine; The Child's Instructor in Vocal Music; Columbian Harmonist; and the New Haven Collection. He died in New Haven. Read's work is interesting historically, and was prophetic of the versatility of the modern American musician.