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 – February 23, 1915) was a manufacturer, inventor, hymn writer, choral director, church leader and philanthropist. He composed over 2000 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 (31)sort descendingAsAuthority LanguagesInstances
A voice is sweetly singingDr. W. H. Doane (Author (Refrain))English2
At the mercy seat now again we meetW. Howard Doane (Author)2
Bring in the tithesW. Howard Doane (Author)3
Happy day, O how brightWilliam H. Doane (Author)3
He came not with his heavenly crownW. Howard Doane (Author)1
I come, for my heart is brokenWilliam H. Doane (Author)3
I love to sit at Jesus' feetD. H. W. (Author)1
Jesus, thou art calling meW. Howard Doane (Author)3
Jesus, thou Lamb of God, Save, save thou meW. Howard Doane (Author)3
Ku, e ku a paioWilliam H. Doane (Author)Hawaiian2
Let us pray for a blessingW. Howard Doane (Author)2
Look unto me ye weary onesWilliam H. Doane (Author)2
Lord, we thank thee for thy mercyWilliam H. Doane (Author)2
No one knows but JesusW. Howard Doane (Author)8
O holy holy city fairWilliam H. Doane (Author)2
O revive us, blessed D. H. W. (Author)2
O sm'ktande hj'rtaWilliam H. Doane (Author)3
O wanderer come, this hour decide thy path thy heart will chooseW. Howard Doane (Author)English2
O where shall I go such a friend to findWilliam H. Doane (Author)2
On to the conflict, soldiers for the rightWilliam Howard Doane (1832-1915) (Author)1
Only Jesus is my refugeWilliam H. Doane (Author)2
Our Father, consecrateWilliam H. Doane (Author)3
Poor child, thou art wearyW. Howard Doane (Author)3
Precious Savior dearest friendW. H. D. (Author)9
Rise and trim thy lampW. H. D. (Author)2
Savior, like a bird to TheeW. H. D. (Author)3
The precious nameW. Howard Doane (Author)2
'Tis the blessed hour of prayer, when our hearts lowly bendWilliam H. Doane (Author)English3
When little Samuel heardW. Howard Doane (Author)3
Who is ready, who is willingW. H. D. (Author)6
Yet there is roomWilliam H. Doane (Author)2

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