September 27, 1872, Spring Hill, Pennsylvania. He was brother to Alfred Ackley.

September 3, 1958, Winona Lake, Indiana.

Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw, Indiana.

Ackley showed musical talent early, learning the melodeon, piano, coronet, clarinet and piccolo as a boy. After moving to New York City in 1888, he began playing the organ in several churches. In 1907, he joined the Billy Sunday-Homer Rodeheaver evangelism team as secretary-pianist, and traveled with them for eight years. As a composer and editor with the Rodeheaver Company, he wrote over 3,000 Gospel tunes. His works include:

  1. Ackley
  2. All the Way with Jesus
  3. Behold, He Cometh
  4. Blessèd News
  5. By and By
  6. Coming Home
  7. Chouteau
  8. Faith Will Bring the Blessing
  9. Good News
  10. Hark! I Hear My Name
  11. Have You Prayed It Through?
  12. He Is Knocking
  13. He Rose Triumphantly
  14. He Will Not Let Me Fall
  15. How You Will Love Him!
  16. I Am Coming Home
  17. I Love Jesus
  18. I Shall Dwell Forever There
  19. I Shall See the King
  20. I Walk with the King
  21. I Want Jesus
  22. If Thou Shalt Confess
  23. I Would Be Like Jesus
  24. If Your Heart Keeps Right
  25. I’ll Tell to All That God Is Love
  26. In the Service of the King
  27. Love Opened Wide the Door
  28. Meet Your Troubles with a Smile
  29. New Rochelle
  30. More Than These
  31. Mother’s Prayers Have Followed Me
  32. My Mother
  33. Nobody Cares
  34. Once My Way Was Dark and Dreary
  35. Pardoning Grace
  36. Promise
  37. Repent! ’Tis the Voice of Jesus
  38. Room for You
  39. Satisfied
  40. Shout and Sing
  41. Since the Fullness of His Love Came In
  42. Somebody Else Needs a Blessing
  43. Somebody Knows
  44. Speak to Me Only of Jesus
  45. Sunrise
  46. There Is Joy in Serving Jesus (1931)
  47. There’s a Rainbow Shining Somewhere
  48. There Will I Follow Thee
  49. This My Plea
  50. Transformed
  51. Wealth of All Heaven Is Mine, The
  52. What Can I Ask Beside?
  53. When Jesus Shall Appear
  54. When You Know Jesus, Too
  55. Whenever I Think of Him
  56. Where the Cross Is Leading
  57. Who Will Open Mercy’s Door?