Daniel B. Towner

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Daniel B. Towner
Daniel Brink Towner

(1850-03-05)March 5, 1850
Rome, Pennsylvania
DiedOctober 3, 1919(1919-10-03) (aged 69)
Longwood, Missouri
Burial placeRosehill Cemetery

Daniel Brink Towner (March 5, 1850 – October 3, 1919) was an American composer who held a Doctorate of music, and used his abilities to develop the music to several Christian hymns which are still popular today.[1]

Early life[edit]

Daniel B. Towner was born in Rome, Pennsylvania on March 5, 1850.[2][3] He received his early musical training from his father, J. G. Towner. He later studied under John Howard, George Root and James Webb.[3]

Musical direction[edit]

Towner was the music director at Centenary Methodist Church, in Binghamton, New York (1870-1882); York Street Methodist Episcopal Church, in Cincinnati, Ohio (1882-1884); Union Methodist Episcopal Church, in Covington, Kentucky (1884-1885); and Moody Bible Institute, in Chicago, Illinois (1893-1919).


Towner's grave at Rosehill Cemetery

Daniel B. Towner died in Longwood, Missouri on October 3, 1919.[2][3][4] He was buried at Rosehill Cemetery in Chicago.

Awards and works[edit]

The American Temperance University in Harriman, Tennessee, awarded Towner a Doctorate of Music in 1900.[1] His musical works include:

  • "Anywhere with Jesus"
  • "At Calvary"
  • "Christ Jesus Hath the Power"
  • "Full Surrender"
  • "Go Tell it to Jesus"
  • "Gone from My Heart"
  • "Hand That Was Nailed to the Cross, The"
  • "He Will Answer Every Prayer"
  • "He's a Friend of Mine"
  • "Hear the Word"
  • "I Am Standing on the Word of God"
  • "I Do Love Jesus with All My Heart"
  • "Jesus Only, Let Me See"
  • "Joyful Sound"
  • "Light in the Eastern Sky"
  • "Moody"
  • "My Anchor Holds"
  • "Nor Silver Nor Gold"
  • "O Changeless Word"
  • "O Thou God of My Salvation"
  • "O Word of God"
  • "Old Ship of Zion, The"
  • "Only a Sinner"
  • "Saved by the Blood"
  • "Saving Grace"
  • "Send Out a Light"
  • "Some Sweet Day"
  • "Sunset Gate, The"
  • "Tell Out the Wonderful Story"
  • "Though the Fig Tree Shall Not Blossom"
  • "Trust and Obey" (1887)[5][6]
  • "What Will It Be When We See Him?"
  • "Victory in My Soul"


  1. ^ a b Dr. D. Brink Towner Composer of Gospel Songs and Hymns
  2. ^ a b McNeil, W. K. Encyclopedia of American gospel music, page 401
  3. ^ a b c Bateman, Newton; Selby, Paul; Currey, J. Seymour (1920). Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois: Biographical, Memorial, Illustrative. Vol. II. Chicago: Munsell Publishing Company. pp. 832–833. Retrieved January 23, 2022 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ "Towner, Hymn-Writer, Dead". Wichita Daily Eagle. Chicago. October 5, 1919. p. 9. Retrieved January 13, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ Trust and Obey, the Song and the Story
  6. ^ Hymn Story Trust and Obey

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