William Howard Doane

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William Howard Doane (born in Preston, Connecticut on February 3, 1832; died in South Orange, New Jersey on December 23, 1915) was an industrialist who composed Christian hymn tunes. He held patents on wood-working machinery and in 1861 became President of J. A. Fay and Company. In religious work he headed the Ohio Baptist Convention Ministers Aid Society for the Midwest. In 1875 he received his doctorate in music from Denison University. In his musical career he edited forty-three collections of hymns and composed hundreds of hymns.[1] He composed the music to several hymns by Fanny Crosby.[2]


  1. ^ Katherine Hankey's "Tell Me the Old, Old Story" uses one of Doane's tunes.
  2. ^ Papers of William Howard Doane at Wheaton

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