Born: March 21, 1858, Battle Creek, Michigan.
Died: December 2, 1945, Marshall, Michigan.
Buried: Oak Hill Cemetery, Battle Creek, Michigan.
Pseudonym: A. N. O.
Franklin was the son of Stephen T. Belden and Sarah Harmon, husband of Harriet E. MacDearmon, and nephew of Ellen Harmon White, one of the founders of the Seventh Day Adventist denomination.
When he was eight years old, his family moved to California, where he first composed music. Due to breathing problems, he later moved to Colorado.
He eventually returned to Battle Creek, Michigan, around age 30. He joined the Review and Herald Publishing Company, and stayed in Battle Creek until about 1910, when he began writing songs for evangelist Billy Sunday.
Though Belden’s later years were marred by misunderstandings with the church leadership over his royalties, he donated his papers and manuscripts to the church’s seminary at his death.
Chiefest Among Ten Thousand
Now the God of Peace Be with You