Born: July 22, 1865, Mendota, Illinois.
Died: December 13, 1936, Los Angeles, California.
Buried: Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, California.
Peter was the son of Johann Georg F. Püllhorn-Billhorn and Katherena Niehardt, and husband of Nellie May McCaughna (married 1894). The family name was changed by a judge in Ottawa, Illinois, named Abraham Lincoln.
His father died in the American civil war. Peter and his brother formed the Eureka Wagon and Carriage Works in Chicago, Illinois.
In 1882, Peter came to Christ at meetings in Chicago led by George F. Pentecost and George Stebbins. He then began mission work in Chicago while he studied music under Stebbins, George Root, and others.
In 1886 he sold his business and became wholly involved in evangelism. He wrote some 2,000 Gospel songs in his lifetime, and for a while, worked with evangelist Billy Sunday.
He invented the Bilhorn Telescope Organ, a folding pump organ used at revivals in the late 19th Century, and founded the Bilhorn Folding Organ Company in Chicago.
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.