American composer and singer, who was born in Middleboro, Massachusetts. He taught music in Providence, R. I., and was the author of numerous songs, hymns and ballads, and also wrote an instruction book for the piano. Although blind, Shaw was quite reriownd in his day, and his songs and ballads had a considerable vogue. Among the most popular were the ballads Mary's Tears; Sweet Little Ann; The Death of Perry; Arrayed in Clouds, and Home of My Soul, a religious song. Shaw died in Providence.