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. 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. Only Waiting
  26. Place in the Ranks for Me, A
  27. Pontevedra
  28. Praise God for His Word
  29. Proclaim the Tidings
  30. Purer in Heart, O God
  31. Rajasthan
  32. Resurrection Day, The
  33. Ring the Christmas Bells Again
  34. Tell It Today
  35. Victory May Depend on You, The
  36. We Are Going Down the Valley
  37. We’ll Be There