September 14, 1852, Cambridge, Ohio.

May 19, 1927, Monmouth, Illinois.

Monmouth Cemetery, Monmouth, Illinois.

Son of John T. Herbert and Elizabeth B. Moore, John married twice, to Fannie G. Graham and Rena G. Herbert.

Herbert’s 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?