June 1, 1849, Cincinnati, Ohio.

February 8, 1936, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Ohio.


Son of a Disciples of Christ minister, Fillmore began supporting his family at age 16 by running his father’s singing school, after his father’s death. In 1874, he and his brothers founded the Fillmore Brothers Music House in Cincinnati, Ohio. He composed a number of hymn tunes, anthems, and cantatas. Frederick Fillmore was his brother. James collaborated with Jessie Pounds for some 30 years. His works include:

  1. Jesus Loves the Little Children
  1. All the World for Jesus
  2. Are You Witnessing for Him?
  3. As We Go Marching Home
  4. Beautiful Garden of Prayer, The
  5. Cahokia Mounds
  6. Cheerful Giving
  7. Congo
  8. Damaris
  9. Eastcote
  10. Fair Lilies We Bring You
  11. Gathering
  12. Glory in the Highest
  13. He Lives
  14. I Am Resolved
  15. I Know That My Redeemer Liveth
  16. In His Rude Manger-Bed Sleeping
  17. Kingdom over Yonder, The
  18. Lord’s Good Time Is Coming, The
  19. Marching to the Land Above
  20. Modesto
  21. Only Waiting
  22. Place in the Ranks for Me, A
  23. Pontevedra
  24. Praise God for His Word
  25. Proclaim the Tidings
  26. Purer in Heart, O God
  27. Rajasthan
  28. Resurrection Day, The
  29. Tell It Today
  30. Victory May Depend on You, The
  31. We Are Going Down the Valley
  32. We’ll Be There