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