1839–1925
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Main & Fanny Crosby

Au­gust 17, 1839, Ridge­field, Con­nec­ti­cut.

Oc­to­ber 7, 1925, New­ark, New Jer­sey.

Bloom­field Ce­me­te­ry, Bloom­field, New Jer­sey.

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Hubert was the son of Syl­ves­ter Main, and hus­band of Ol­phe­lia Lou­ise De­graff.

He at­tend­ed sing­ing school un­til 1854, when he went to New York Ci­ty and worked as an er­rand boy in a wall­pa­per house. In April 1855, he be­came an er­rand boy in the Bris­tow & Morse pi­a­no com­pa­ny. That same year, he helped his fa­ther ed­it the Sun­day School Lute song­book by Is­aac Wood­bu­ry.

In 1867, Main was called to fill a po­si­tion in Will­iam Brad­bury’s pub­lish­ing house. Af­ter Brad­bu­ry’s death in 1868, the Big­low & Main pub­lish­ers were formed as its suc­cess­or. In ad­di­tion to pub­lish­ing, Main wrote over 1,000 piec­es of mu­sic—part song, sing­ing school songs, Sun­day School pieces, hymns, an­thems, etc.

He al­so col­lect­ed mu­sic books; in 1891, he sold his col­lec­tion of ov­er 3,500 vol­umes to the New­ber­ry Libra­ry in Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois, where they were known as the Main Library. Main’s works in­clude:

  1. Amarillo
  2. Armor
  3. Bahamas
  4. Bawardy
  5. Bethlehem
  6. Better World
  7. Blessèd Cross of Je­sus
  8. Blessèd Home­land
  9. Bridgeport
  10. Bright For­ev­er, The
  11. Calling to Thee
  12. Carabobo
  13. Carry the Stand­ard Brave­ly
  14. Chennai
  15. Christ, My All
  16. Christ the Sav­ior Born
  17. Colliers Wood
  18. Cordova
  19. Dan
  20. Dili
  21. Ellesdie
  22. Fargo
  23. Firm on the Rock I Stand
  24. Girona
  25. Hallelujah! Je­sus Saves Me
  26. Happy Lit­tle Pil­grims
  27. Hear, and Live!
  28. Hold Thou My Hand
  29. Hubert
  30. I Stood Out­side the Gate
  31. Jesus, Je­sus On­ly
  32. Jewett
  33. Jyväskylä
  34. Kabul
  35. Let Me Lean on Thee
  36. Little Friends of Je­sus
  37. Mishael
  38. Mozambique
  39. My Ain Coun­trie
  40. Noah
  41. O Mor­row Land
  42. Oh, Come To­day
  43. Only Trust the Sav­ior’s Pro­mise
  44. Pontmain
  45. Praise the Rock of Our Sal­va­tion
  46. Pune
  47. Rally, Sol­diers, One and All
  48. Rejoice, Re­joice, Be­lieve­r
  49. Roseville
  50. Saitama
  51. Save Me at the Cross
  52. Silver Spring
  53. Sinaloa
  54. Stanford
  55. Tartu
  56. Tell the Bless­èd News
  57. There’s a Friend That Abides
  58. Thy Word Have I Hid in My Heart
  59. Thy Word Is a Lamp
  60. Up and Away
  61. Valencia
  62. We Shall Meet, By and By
  63. Webster Groves
  64. Weissinger
  65. We’re Tra­vel­ing Home
  66. What a Friend Thou Art to Me!
  67. What a Shout Was Heard!
  68. Yes, There Is Par­don for You