Born: February 3, 1832, Preston, Connecticut.
Died: December 23, 1915, South Orange, New Jersey. Doane was living in Watch Hill, Rhode Island, at the time of his death.
Buried: Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Howard was the son of Joseph Howes Doane and Frances Treat, and husband of Frances Mary Treat.
A gifted musician, he helped direct music while attending the Woodstock Academy; within two years he had published his first composition. He called music his
avocation, but he produced over 2,000 hymn tunes in his lifetime.
His main trade was secular: He was president of the J. A. Fay woodworking machinery company, and an extremely successful businessman.
He also served as Sunday School superintendent and choir director at the Mount Auburn Baptist Church in Cincinnati, Ohio, and bequeathed large sums to various causes.
The Doane Memorial Music Building at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois, was named after him.