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. 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. Damaris
  8. Eastcote
  9. Gathering
  10. Glory in the Highest
  11. He Lives
  12. I Am Resolved
  13. I Know That My Redeemer Liveth
  14. In His Rude Manger-Bed Sleeping
  15. Kingdom over Yonder, The
  16. Lord’s Good Time Is Coming, The
  17. Only Waiting
  18. Place in the Ranks for Me, A
  19. Praise God for His Word
  20. Proclaim the Tidings
  21. Purer in Heart, O God
  22. Resurrection Day, The
  23. Victory May Depend on You, The
  24. We Are Going Down the Valley
  25. We’ll Be There