W. Howard Doane

W. Howard Doane
Short Name: W. Howard Doane
Full Name: Doane, W. Howard (William Howard), 1832-1915
Birth Year: 1832
Death Year: 1915

An industrialist and philanthropist, William H. Doane (b. Preston, CT, 1832; d. South Orange, NJ, 1915), was also a staunch supporter of evangelistic campaigns and a prolific writer of hymn tunes. He was head of a large woodworking machinery plant in Cincinnati and a civic leader in that city. He showed his devotion to the church by supporting the work of the evangelistic team of Dwight L. Moody and Ira D. Sankey and by endowing Moody Bible Institute in Chicago and Denison University in Granville, Ohio. An amateur composer, Doane wrote over twenty-two hundred hymn and gospel song tunes, and he edited over forty songbooks.

Bert Polman
Doane, William Howard, p. 304, he was born Feb. 3, 1832. His first Sunday School hymn-book was Sabbath Gems published in 1861. He has composed about 1000 tunes, songs, anthems, &c. He has written but few hymns. Of these "No one knows but Jesus," "Precious Saviour, dearest Friend," and "Saviour, like a bird to Thee," are noted in Burrage's Baptist Hymn Writers. 1888, p. 557.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)

Doane, W. H. (William Howard), born in Preston, Connecticut, 1831, and educated for the musical profession by eminent American and German masters. He has had for years the superintendence of a large Baptist Sunday School in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he resides. Although not a hymnwriter, the wonderful success which has attended his musical setting of numerous American hymns, and the number of his musical editions of hymnbooks for Sunday Schools and evangelistic purposes, bring him within the sphere of hymnological literature. Amongst his collections we have:—

(1) Silver Spray, 1868; (2) Pure Gold, 1877; (3) Royal Diadem, 1873; (4) Welcome Tidings, 1877; (5) Brightest and Best, 1875; (6) Fountain of Song; (7) Songs of Devotion, 1870; (8) Temple Anthems, &c.

His most popular melodies include "Near the Cross," "Safe in the Arms of Jesus," "Pass me Not," "More Love to Thee," "Rescue the Perishing," "Tell me the Old, Old Story," &c.

- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

Wikipedia Biography

William Howard Doane (February 3, 1832 – December 24, 1915) was a manufacturer, inventor, hymn writer, choral director, church leader and philanthropist. He composed over 2,000 church hymns. More than seventy patents are credited to him for innovations in woodworking machinery. His philanthropy led to the renaming of the Granville Academy, as the Doane Academy, a boys' and girls' private preparatory school associated with Denison University in Granville, Ohio, where he was a major benefactor.

Texts by W. Howard Doane (33)sort descendingAsAuthority LanguagesInstances
A voice is sweetly singingW. Howard Doane (Author (Refrain))English2
At the mercy seat now again we meetWilliam H. Doane (Author)2
Bring in the tithes to the storehouseWilliam H. Doane (Author)English3
Fling out the banner! let it floatW. H. Doane (Author)English1
Happy day, O how brightW. H. D. (Author)English3
He came not with his heavenly crownW. Howard Doane (Author)English1
I come, for my heart is brokenWilliam H. Doane (Author)3
I love to sit at Jesus' feetD. H. W. (Author)English1
Jesus, Thou art calling meW. Howard Doane (Author)English3
Jesus, Thou Lamb of God, Save, save Thou meW. H. D. (Author)English3
Ku, e ku a paioWilliam H. Doane (Author)Hawaiian2
Let us pray for a blessing of GodW. Howard Doane (Author)English2
Look unto me ye weary onesWilliam H. Doane (Author)2
Lord, we thank thee for thy mercyW. Howard Doane (Author)2
No one knows but JesusW. H. D. (Author)English9
O holy holy city fairW. Howard Doane (Author)2
O revive us, blessed SaviorD. H. W. (Author)English2
O sm'ktande hj'rtaWilliam H. Doane (Author)3
O wanderer come, this hour decide thy path thy heart will chooseW. H. D. (Author)English2
O where shall I go such a friend to findW. Howard Doane (Author)2
On to the conflict, soldiers for the rightWilliam Howard Doane (1832-1915) (Author)English1
Only Jesus is my refugeW. Howard Doane (Author)2
Our Father, consecrate this hourWilliam H. Doane (Author)English3
Poor child, thou art wearyW. H. D. (Author)English3
Precious Savior, dearest FriendW. Doane (Author)English8
Rise and trim thy lamp, O ChristianW. Howard Doane (Author)English2
Savior, like a bird to TheeW. H. D. (Author)English3
The precious nameW. Howard Doane (Author)1
'Tis the blessed hour of prayer, when our hearts lowly bendFanny J. Crosby (Author)English3
Traveling homeward, traveling homewardW. H. D. (Author)English1
When little Samuel heardW. Howard Doane (Author)English3
Who is ready, who is willingWilliam H. Doane (Author)English6
Yet there is room, the Master has saidWilliam H. Doane (Author)English2

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