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Elisha Hoffman

Elisha Albright Hoffman was born May 7, 1839, in Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania.  Hoffman’s parents, Francis and Rebecca Hoffman, were of German descent.  His father worked as a minister in the Evangelical Association for more than 60 years.  This group was founded in 1800 by the Rev. Jacob Albright, a German-speaking Christian of Pennsylvania.  Albright was influenced […]

William H. Doane

A Deeper Love Dr. William H. Doane (February 1832 – December 1915)   Doane was born in Preston, CT, the fifth of eight children of Joseph and Frances Doane.   His father was the head of Doane and Treat, cotton manufacturers.  He attended public schools and Woodstock Academy, a private secondary school affiliated with the Congregational […]

W.O. Cushing

“Under His Wings” Rev. W. O. Cushing (December 1823 – October 1902)   William Orcutt Cushing was born in Hingham, Massachusetts, a few miles south of Boston, December 31, 1823.  His parents were Unitarians but as he began to read the Bible and think for himself, he sensed his need of a Savior.  He left […]

Robert Lowry

“Shall We Gather at the River?” Robert Lowry (March 1826 – November 1899)     Robert Lowry was born in Philadelphia, PA. March 12, 1826.  He was a Baptist minister, composer of gospel hymns, and a Professor of Literature.  He was married and had three sons.  Lowry died at home in Plainfield, New Jersey on […]

Joseph Lincoln Hall

Does Jesus Care? Joseph Lincoln Hall (1866 – 1930)   Joseph Lincoln Hall, was born in Philadelphia on November 4, 1866.  He grew up with seven brothers and sisters in a home full of music.  His parents, Joseph M. and Barbara Hall, were well known and accomplished musicians.  He inherited his musical talent and fondness […]

Philip P. Bliss

I Will Sing of My Redeemer Philip P. Bliss (1838 – 1876)   Philip P. Bliss, a Pennsylvania farm boy, wrote some of the earliest and some of the greatest gospel songs that gained popularity in both America and Britain.  Bliss had minimal schooling and little formal music training, yet in the short span of […]

Eliza Hewitt

“My Faith Has Found A Resting Place” Eliza Hewitt: (aka Lidie H. Edmunds) (1851-1920) Do we sometimes wonder of God’s purpose and plan for our life?  Is there a positive purpose in something that seems so negative?  Eliza Hewitt may have had just such a thought. Eliza was born in Philadelphia and educated in the […]