Born: May 25, 1855, Rugby, Warwickshire, England.
Died: July 30, 1922, Denver, Colorado.
Buried: Fairmount Cemetery, Denver, Colorado.
John was the husband of Jean Taylor.
Starting at age 12, he was assistant organist of St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.
He graduated from Balliol College, Oxford (BMus 1876, DMus 1883), and in 1874 became organist and choirmaster at St. Paul’s Church, Tunbridge Wells, Kent.
From 1876–87, he served as master of music for Trent College, Nottingham, conducted a local philharmonic society, and gave organ recitals. As a volunteer in the 1st Derbyshire Regiment, he rose to the rank of captain.
Gower emigrated to America in 1887, settling in Denver, Colorado. He was organist and choirmaster at St. John’s Cathedral and the Central Presbyterian Church in Denver, then dabbled in mining in Idaho Springs, Colorado.
In 1893, he became organist at the Church of the Epiphany, Chicago, Illinois.
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