James Pierpont (musician)

songwriter, arranger, and composer, best known for writing and composing "Jingle Bells"

James Lord Pierpont (April 25, 1822August 5, 1893) was an American songwriter, arranger, organist, and composer.


  • Jingle bells, Jingle bells,
    Jingle all the way;
    Oh! what joy it is to ride
    In a one horse open sleigh.
    • Usually misquoted as "Oh! what fun it is to ride"
    • "The One Horse Open Sleigh"
  • If of these United States I was the President,
    No man that owed another should ever pay a cent;
    And he who dunn'd another should be banished far away,
    And attention to the pretty girls is all a man should pay.
    • "The Returned Californian"
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