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. Are You Witnessing for Him?
  3. As We Go Marching Home
  4. Beautiful Garden of Prayer, The
  5. Cahokia Mounds
  6. Cheerful Giving
  7. Congo
  8. Damaris
  9. Eastcote
  10. Fair Lilies We Bring You
  11. Gathering
  12. Glory in the Highest
  13. He Lives
  14. I Am Resolved
  15. I Know That My Redeemer Liveth
  16. In His Rude Manger-Bed Sleeping
  17. Just over the River
  18. Kingdom over Yonder, The
  19. Lord’s Good Time Is Coming, The
  20. Marching to the Land Above
  21. Modesto
  22. Only Waiting
  23. Place in the Ranks for Me, A
  24. Pontevedra
  25. Praise God for His Word
  26. Proclaim the Tidings
  27. Purer in Heart, O God
  28. Rajasthan
  29. Resurrection Day, The
  30. Ring the Christmas Bells Again
  31. Tell It Today
  32. Victory May Depend on You, The
  33. We Are Going Down the Valley
  34. We’ll Be There