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