Born: Oc­to­ber 10, 1841, Frank­lin Coun­ty, Ohio.

Died: Oc­to­ber 14, 1897, To­le­do, Ohio.

Buried: Wood­lawn Ce­me­te­ry, To­le­do, Ohio.



When Og­den was six years old, his fa­mi­ly moved to In­di­a­na. He be­gan stu­dy­ing mu­sic in lo­cal sing­ing schools at age 8, and could read church mu­sic fair­ly well by age 10. A lit­tle lat­er, he could write a me­lo­dy by hear­ing it sung or played. When he was 18, he be­came a cho­ris­ter in his home church.

At the out­break of the Am­er­i­can ci­vil war, Og­den en­list­ed in the 30th In­di­a­na Vol­un­teer In­fan­try. Dur­ing the war, he or­gan­ized a male choir, which be­came well known through­out the Ar­my of the Cum­ber­land.

After the war, Og­den re­turned home and re­sumed his mu­sic­al stu­dies. Among his teach­ers were Lo­well Ma­son, Tho­mas Hast­ings, E. E. Bai­ly, and Ben­ja­min F. Bak­er, pre­si­dent of the Bos­ton Mu­sic School.

As his skills de­vel­oped, Og­den is­sued his first song book, The Sil­ver Song, in 1870. Itt was im­mense­ly pop­u­lar, sell­ing 500,000 copies. He went on to pub­lish num­er­ous oth­er song books.

In ad­di­tion to com­pos­ing, Og­den taught at ma­ny schools in Am­er­i­ca and Can­a­da. In 1887, he be­came su­per­in­tend­ent of mu­sic in the pu­blic schools of To­le­do, Ohio.


  1. Baptize Us Anew
  2. Birth of Christ the Lord
  3. Everlasting Life
  4. He Is Able to De­liv­er Thee
  5. I’ve a Mes­sage from the Lord
  6. Lovingly, Ten­der­ly Call­ing
  7. On a Christ­mas Morn­ing
  8. Power to Save
  9. Ring Out the Bells for Christ­mas
  10. Scattering Pre­cious Seed
  11. Seeking the Lost
  12. Toiling for Je­sus
  13. Two Lit­tle Hands
  14. Unto You Is Ev­er­last­ing Life
  15. Where He Leads I’ll Fol­low
  16. Working, O Christ, with Thee
  1. All Things Are Rea­dy
  2. Bright and Morn­ing Star, The
  3. Bright For­ev­er­more, The
  4. Bring Them In
  5. Clark’s Grove
  6. College Sta­tion
  7. Come to the Feast
  8. Eye of Faith, The
  9. Gather Them into the Fold
  10. Gathering Home
  11. Go Tell the Glad Tid­ings
  12. Gracious Re­deem­er, The
  13. Incheon
  14. Keep Step with the Mas­ter
  15. More Than Con­quer­ors
  16. South Bend
  17. Star in the East
  18. Steer To­ward the Light
  19. Suffer the Child­ren to Come
  20. Tell It Out with a Shout
  21. There Is Joy
  22. We’ll Work
  23. When the King Draws Nigh
  24. Who Shall Abide?