1832–1915

Introduction

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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.

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Biography

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.

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Lyrics

Music