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.


Son of German Reformed Church pastor Joshua J. Excell, Edwin 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 wrote over 2,000 Gospel songs, and worked at a music publishing house in Chicago. His works include:

  1. By Faith the Lamb of God I See
  2. Come to the Savior
  3. Grace, Enough for Me
  4. Hear the Savior Sweetly Saying
  5. Hear You Not the Voice of Jesus?
  6. Hiding
  7. His Love Is All I Need
  8. I Am Happy in Him
  9. I Need Thee, Gracious One
  10. I Was Out on the Ocean Sailing
  11. In Looking Through My Tears One Day
  12. In Vain I’ve Tried a Thousand Ways
  13. Jesus Invited Me to Come unto Him
  14. Jesus Is a Friend of Mine
  15. Jesus Is Waiting to Save
  16. Keep Me at the Foot of the Cross
  17. Knocking, Knocking with Pierced Hands
  18. Little Bit of Love, A
  19. Love of Jesus, Who Can Tell, The
  20. I’ve Washed My Robes
  21. My Soul Is So Happy in Jesus
  22. O Make Me Pure
  23. Praise His Holy Name
  24. Praise Ye the Father
  25. See Jehovah’s Banner Furled
  26. Since I Have Been Redeemed
  27. To Thee, Our Own, Our Native Land
  28. We Shall Stand Before the King
  29. We’re Going Home, We’ll Soon Be There
  30. What Will You Do?
  31. Will You Be Washed in the Blood?
  32. Will You Meet Me?
  1. Book Divine
  2. Count Your Blessings
  3. Escondido
  4. Everybody May Know
  5. Freehold
  6. Gifts of God, The
  7. God’s Holy Book
  8. Golden Shore, The
  9. Good Old-Fashioned Way, The
  10. His Glory Fills My Soul
  11. His Love Can Never Fail
  12. Hope Set Before You, The
  13. I Come to Thee
  14. I Do, Don’t You?
  15. I Saw One Hanging on a Tree
  16. I Will Follow Thee
  17. Iconium
  18. I’ll Be a Sunbeam
  19. In the Shadow of His Wings
  20. Jesus Bids Us Shine
  21. Let Him In
  22. Offering, The
  23. Sarasota
  24. Saratoga
  25. Scatter Sunshine
  26. Some One Who Knows
  27. Spend One Hour with Jesus
  28. That Old, Old Story Is True
  29. That Sweet Story
  30. ’Tis for You and Me
  31. What Would Jesus Do?
  32. Why I Love Jesus
  33. Will Your Heart Ring True?
  34. Your Best Friend Is Always Near