1852–1927
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Sep­tem­ber 14, 1852, Cam­bridge, Ohio.

May 19, 1927, Mon­mouth, Il­li­nois.

Mon­mouth Ce­me­te­ry, Mon­mouth, Il­li­nois.

John was the son of John T. Her­bert and Eliz­a­beth B. Moore. He mar­ried twice, to Fan­nie G. Gra­ham and Re­na G. Her­bert.

His fam­i­ly moved to Mon­mouth, Il­li­nois, when he was an in­fant. He was ed­u­cat­ed at Mon­mouth Col­lege, and was its first gra­du­ate. He then at­tend­ed the Hahn­e­mann Med­i­cal Col­lege in Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois, but con­tin­ued to st­udy mu­sic and sang re­gu­lar­ly in a church choir.

He prac­ticed med­i­cine for sev­er­al years, but mu­sic was his first love. When George Root vis­it­ed Mon­mouth in 1875, Her­bert met him, and they be­came good friends. Her­bert stu­died with both Root and Phil­ip Bliss, and in 1878, he closed his med­i­cal prac­tice to work with mu­sic full time. At one time, Her­bert taught at the South­ern De­vel­op­ment Nor­mal mu­sic school in Wa­co, Texas. His works in­clude:

  1. Algiers
  2. Bezaleel
  3. Fight the Good Fight
  4. Houdini
  5. Jesus Our Strength
  6. King of Kings
  7. Lafayette
  8. Magnus
  9. Some Day
  10. What Shall It Pro­fit?