1849–1936
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June 1, 1849, Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio.

Feb­ru­a­ry 8, 1936, Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio.

Spring Grove Ce­me­te­ry, Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio.

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James was the son of Au­gus­tus 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.

James 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. New Year’s Eve
  26. No More Good-Byes
  27. Only Wait­ing
  28. Place in the Ranks for Me, A
  29. Pontevedra
  30. Praise God for His Word
  31. Proclaim the Tid­ings
  32. Purer in Heart, O God
  33. Rajasthan
  34. Resurrection Day, The
  35. Ring the Christ­mas Bells Again
  36. Tell It To­day
  37. Victory May De­pend on You, The
  38. We Are Go­ing Down the Val­ley
  39. We’ll Be There