Born: September 17, 1789, Falcon Street, London, England.
Died: December 27, 1855, Hampstead, Middlesex, England.
Buried: Abney Park Cemetery, London, England.
Josiah was the son of an engraver and bookseller, and father of Eustace Conder.
He lost his right eye at age five, due to a bad smallpox vaccination. However, his gifts led him to be a successful author, editor and publisher. He edited The Eclectic Republic and The Patriot, and wrote books on a wide variety of secular and religious subjects.
A member of the Congregationalist denomination, his Congregational Hymn-Book sold 90,000 copies in its first seven years.