1844 - 1932 Author of "O Praise the Lord" Rv Palmer Hartsough USA 1844-1932. Born in Redford, MI, he attended Kalamazoo College and Michigan State Normal school (later MSU). He became an author, editor, lyricist, and librettist. After working as a traveling singing teacher in MI, IL, IA, OH, KY and TN, he opened a music studio in Rock Island, IL, around 1877, also directing music at a Baptist church there. In 1893, due to his poetic abilities, he moved to Cincinnati, OH, and joined the Fillmore Music Company, providing texts (over 1000) for their music. He also served as music director at the Bethel Mission and the 9th Street Baptist Church. He became a traveling song evangelist in 1903, and was ordained a Baptist minister in 1906, serving in Ontario, Canada, and MI from 1914 to 1927. He then returned to Plymouth, MI, where he lived the rest of his life. He never married, but was close to his two sisters, and wrote them a weekly letter for many years. With Fillmore Company he helped publish 20 songbooks. He died in Plymouth, MI.