Born: November 28, 1857, New Chambersburg, Ohio.
Died: March 24, 1929, Alliance, Ohio.
Buried: Moultrie Chapel Cemetery, Moultrie, Ohio.
Daniel was the son of Robert Crist and Mary Ruff.
He graduated from Ohio Northern University in 1882, and taught school in Columbiana and Stark County, Ohio, for 14 years.
He became superintendent of the Osnaburg grade school in 1880, and for three years was superintendent at New Franklin.
In 1901, he was elected to the Ohio state legislature, and became a state senator in 1905.
Crist was composing as early as 1888, and at least through 1910, when he scored the Flower Girl Waltz.
He worked for 30 years as a successful music publisher, starting in Moultrie, Ohio, where he also taught, farmed, and in New Alexander, served as a church music director and Sunday school superintendent.
In 1915, he moved to Alliance, Ohio, where he became president of the Peoples Bank of Alliance.