1841-1897
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October 10, 1841, Franklin County, Ohio.

October 14, 1897, Toledo, Ohio.

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; it became 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 the United States and Canada. In 1887, he became superintendent of music in the public schools of Toledo, Ohio. His works include:

  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. On a Christmas Morning
  7. Power to Save
  8. Ring Out the Bells for Christmas
  9. Scattering Precious Seed
  10. Seeking the Lost
  11. Unto You Is Everlasting Life
  12. Where He Leads I’ll Follow
  13. 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. Gathering Home
  10. Go Tell the Glad Tidings
  11. Gracious Redeemer, The
  12. More Than Conquerors
  13. South Bend
  14. Star in the East
  15. Steer Toward the Light
  16. Tell It Out with a Shout
  17. There Is Joy
  18. We’ll Work