Born: July 22, 1865, Mendota, Illinois.
Died: December 13, 1936, Los Angeles, California.
Buried: Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, California.
Peter was the son of George F. Billhorn and Catherine Niehardt. HIs father died in the American civil war.
The family name was originally Pulhorn; it was changed by a judge in Ottawa, Illinois, named Abraham Lincoln.
Peter and his brother formed the Eureka Wagon and Carriage Works in Chicago, Illinois. Later, Peter became involved in Gospel music, studying under George Root, George Stebbins, and others.
He wrote some 2,000 Gospel songs in his lifetime, and for a while, worked with evangelist Billy Sunday. He also invented a folding pump organ used at revivals in the late 19th Century, and founded the Bilhorn Folding Organ Company in Chicago, Illinois.
A high point in Bilhorn’s career came in 1900, when he traveled to London. There he conducted a 4,000 voice choir in the Crystal Palace, and Queen Victoria invited him to sing in Buckingham Palace.