June 1, 1849, Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio.

February 8, 1936, Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio.

Spring Grove Cemetery, Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio.


James was the son of Dis­ci­ples of Christ minister Au­gus­tus Da­mon Fill­more and Han­nah Ma­ria Lock­wood, and brother of Charles and Fred­er­ick Fill­more.

He 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, and collaborated with Jes­sie Pounds for some 30 years. His works include:

  1. Jesus Loves the Little Children
  1. All the World for Jesus
  2. Angels Sang One Starry Night, The
  3. Are You Witnessing for Him?
  4. As We Go Marching Home
  5. Beautiful Garden of Prayer, The
  6. Cahokia Mounds
  7. Cheerful Giving
  8. Congo
  9. Damaris
  10. Eastcote
  11. Fair Lilies We Bring You
  12. Gathering
  13. Glory in the Highest
  14. He Lives
  15. I Am Resolved
  16. I Know That My Redeemer Liveth
  17. In His Rude Manger-Bed Sleeping
  18. Just over the River
  19. Kingdom over Yonder, The
  20. Kingdom Shall Stand, The
  21. Kodambakkam
  22. Lord’s Good Time Is Coming, The
  23. Marching to the Land Above
  24. Modesto
  25. No More Good-Byes
  26. Only Waiting
  27. Place in the Ranks for Me, A
  28. Pontevedra
  29. Praise God for His Word
  30. Proclaim the Tidings
  31. Purer in Heart, O God
  32. Rajasthan
  33. Resurrection Day, The
  34. Ring the Christmas Bells Again
  35. Tell It Today
  36. Victory May Depend on You, The
  37. We Are Going Down the Valley
  38. We’ll Be There