Daniel E. Kelley

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Daniel E. Kelley

Daniel E. Kelley (Rhode Island, Feb. 1845 – Iowa, 1905) was a musician and entertainer, who after moving to Kansas in 1872, wrote the music for "Home on the Range", which became the state song. Kelley played violin with his brothers-in-law in the Harlan Brothers Band, but was primarily a carpenter by trade. He married Mary E. Harlan in Kansas and they had four children. He moved to Iowa in 1889 and committed suicide there in 1905. He was buried in Fairview Cemetery, Waterloo, Iowa.


  • Daniel E. Kelley (1845–1905) Tombstone, Fairview Cemetery, Waterloo, Iowa. A recent plaque attached to the stone identifies him as the composer of "Home on the Range".