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. In the Service of the King
  26. Love Opened Wide the Door
  27. Meet Your Troubles with a Smile
  28. New Rochelle
  29. More Than These
  30. Mother’s Prayers Have Followed Me
  31. My Mother
  32. Nobody Cares
  33. Once My Way Was Dark and Dreary
  34. Pardoning Grace
  35. Promise
  36. Repent! ’Tis the Voice of Jesus
  37. Room for You
  38. Satisfied
  39. Shout and Sing
  40. Since the Fullness of His Love Came In
  41. Somebody Else Needs a Blessing
  42. Somebody Knows
  43. Speak to Me Only of Jesus
  44. Sunrise
  45. There Is Joy in Serving Jesus (1931)
  46. There’s a Rainbow Shining Somewhere
  47. There Will I Follow Thee
  48. This My Plea
  49. Transformed
  50. Wealth of All Heaven Is Mine, The
  51. What Can I Ask Beside?
  52. When Jesus Shall Appear
  53. When You Know Jesus, Too
  54. Whenever I Think of Him
  55. Where the Cross Is Leading
  56. Who Will Open Mercy’s Door?