Ju­ly 12, 1843, Na­po­le­on, Ohio.

June 14, 1901, Cleve­land, Ohio.

Al­li­ance Ci­ty Ce­me­te­ry, Al­li­ance, Ohio.


Hudson’s parents, Henry and Sarah Hudson, moved to Pennsylvania when Ralph was a boy. Soon after the outbreak of the American civil war, Ralph enlisted in the 10th Penn­syl­van­ia Volunteers, and served over three years. After discharge from the army, he became a successful music teacher. From 1872–74, he was Professor of Vocal Music at Mount Union College, and for the next quarter century lived in the Mt. Union-Alliance, Ohio, area. For a while, he was in a real estate partnership with Rev. D. D. Waugh. However, he was best known as a hymn writer and music publisher, and for evangelism and temperance work. He was a lay preacher and member of the Mt. Union Me­tho­dist Epis­co­pal Church, and was one of the few supporters of the Sal­va­tion Army when it struggled to gain a foothold in Alliance in the mid-1880’s.

In 1897, Hudson moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where he continued to publish music, and to travel as an evangelist and temperance worker. In late May, 1901, he left Cleveland for an extensive trip to promote his latest songbook. He stopped in Upland, Indiana, to attend commencement exercises at Taylor Un­i­ver­si­ty, where he was a trustee. He stayed there several days and delivered a lecture. Shortly after, he fell ill and died. At the time of his death, he was a member of the Local Preachers Association, the Epworth Memorial Church in Cleveland, and the Protected Home Circle.

Hudson’s works in­clude:

  1. All Taken Away
  2. Behold the Bridegroom
  3. Bible, The
  4. Blessed Jesus
  5. Blessed Name
  6. Calvary
  7. Child of the King, A
  8. Christmas Day
  9. Come to the Feast
  10. Follow Thou Me
  11. Fountain Flowing
  12. Glorious Church, A
  13. Going Home Tonight
  14. Gospel Train
  15. Haste Away
  16. He Is Coming
  17. He Knows
  18. He Took Me In
  19. His Name Is Jesus
  20. His Yoke Is Easy
  21. Homeward Bound
  22. I Come Just as I Am
  23. I Will, God Helping Me
  24. I’ll Live for Him
  25. I’m Glad I Entered In
  26. I’m Satisfied
  27. Jesus Is Calling
  28. Jesus Now Is Passing By
  29. Life of Trust, How Sweet
  30. Little Talk with Jesus, A
  31. Look to Jesus
  32. Marriage Supper
  33. My Dream
  34. No One Like Jesus
  35. Prayer for Guidance
  36. Press This Battle On
  37. Prodigal Child, Come Home
  38. Redeemed
  39. Repentance
  40. Rewarded
  41. Ring, Ring the Bells
  42. Rose of Sharon
  43. Shout for Joy
  44. Sing of My Redeemer
  45. Something to Do
  46. Tale of Woe, The
  47. Ten Virgins, The
  48. There’ll Be Joy in the Morning
  49. This Just Suits Me
  50. We Will Have a Happy Time
  51. Who’ll Enlist?
  52. Wonderful Love
  53. Wonderful Savior
  1. Beautiful City of Gold
  2. Blessed Be the Name
  3. Colón
  4. Driven from Home
  5. Fill Me Now
  6. Hidden Path
  7. Hudson
  8. I Will Follow
  9. I’ll Be There
  10. Jesus, Lover of My Soul
  11. Lily of the Valley
  12. Man of Galilee
  13. Martyrdom
  14. Mary Magdalene
  15. New Hiding Place
  16. Safety
  17. Same Today
  18. Satisfied
  19. Shadow of the Rock, The
  20. Simply Trusting Every Day
  21. We Mean This World for God
  22. Without One Plea