December 13, 1851, Stark County, Ohio.
June 10, 1921, Chicago, Illinois. He was on an evangelism tour with Gypsy Smith at the time of his death.
Oak Woods Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois.
Edwin was the son of German Reformed Church pastor Joshua J. Excell.
He started his working life as a bricklayer and plasterer. His love of music called, though, and he went to Chicago, Illinois, to study under George Root. Excell went on to found singing schools at various locations in America, and to expand into the religious field, working with evangelist Sam Jones for two decades.
Excell worked at a music publishing house in Chicago, and wrote over 2,000 Gospel songs. His works include: