June 3, 1854, Jamestown, Pennsylvania.

November 14, 1931, Jamestown, Pennsylvania.

Park Lawn Cemetery, Jamestown, Pennsylvania.


Nephew of hymnist James McGranahan (and sometimes confused with his uncle of the same name, who lived 1825–99), Hugh studied music under George Root & Horatio Palmer, & at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. His career started by directing musical institute conventions. He later had charge of church choral unions in New York and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and led the Music Department at Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, Illinois, for five years.

After leaving the musical field for health reasons, he entered the insurance field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he directed music in the educational department of the Bellefield Presbyterian Church. As of 1880, he was teaching music in South Shenango, Pennsylvania. By 1914, he had moved back to his home town of Jamestown.

  1. Malmö
  2. Light Is Come, The
  3. Melbourne
  4. Tell the Sweet Story of Love