Apr­il 26, 1834, Sher­burne, New York.

No­vem­ber 15, 1907, Yon­kers, New York.

Black Creek Ce­me­te­ry, New Hud­son, New York.


Horatio was the son of An­son B. Pal­mer, and hus­band of Lu­cia A. Chap­man.

Palmer’s mo­ther died when he was three years old. At age se­ven, he be­gan sing­ing in the church choir di­rect­ed by his fa­ther. Ho­ra­tio at­tend­ed the Rush­ford Acad­e­my in New York, then taught there (1855–65), be­com­ing the Acad­e­my’s mu­sic di­rect­or, and or­ga­niz­ing a cor­net band there.

Palmer lat­er moved to Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois, where he was choir di­rect­or at the Se­cond Bap­tist Church. In ad­di­tion, he pub­lished the ma­g­azine Con­cor­dia.

He moved back to New York in 1873, and set up the Church Cho­ral Un­ion in 1881. The or­gan­i­za­tion even­tu­al­ly grew to 20,000 sing­ers, and per­formed in lo­ca­tions such as Ma­di­son Square Gar­den in New York Ci­ty (where it field­ed a 4,000 mem­ber choir). Pal­mer went on to or­ga­nize sim­i­lar groups in New York state, Penn­syl­van­ia, and Wash­ing­ton, DC.

In 1877, the Sum­mer School of Music at Chau­tau­qua, New York, was es­tab­lished, and Pal­mer led it for 14 years. He al­so con­duct­ed an­nu­al mu­sic fes­ti­vals in Cort­land, New York, and di­rect­ed the choir at the Broome Street Ta­ber­na­cle in New York Ci­ty for 11 years.

Palmer’s works in­clude:

  1. Angry Words
  2. Broad ’Tho the Atlan­tic Be
  3. Companion, Hie We Quick­ly
  4. Father, Hear Us, O Be Near Us
  5. Gentle Je­sus, Meek and Mild
  6. Girded with Joy and with Glad­ness
  7. God’s Pro­mise for Ever Abid­eth
  8. Gone, Gone, Gone from Our Home
  9. Have Cour­age to Say No!
  10. Here’s a Les­son We Should Heed
  11. Holy Spir­it from Above, Fill Our Hearts
  12. I Hear My Lord In­vit­ing
  13. If, When the Joy­ous Day Is Gone
  14. Jesus Loves Lit­tle Child­ren
  15. Jesus Will Ne­ver, Ne­ver Fo­rsake Thee
  16. Marching, March­ing, March­ing on to Vic­to­ry
  17. O Come Away to the School Room
  18. O Eyes That Are Wea­ry
  19. O My Fa­ther, Take Me
  20. On a Far Away Strand There’s a Beau­ti­ful Land
  21. Only a Word, but with Fer­ven­cy Poured
  22. Onward and Up­ward and For­ward To­day
  23. Precious Sav­ior, Dear Re­deem­er
  24. Prize Is Set Be­fore Us, The
  25. Rose of Sha­ron, The
  26. Shall I Let Him In?
  27. Shall We Meet Be­yond the Ri­ver?
  28. Step by Step, O Gen­tle Je­sus, Lead Me
  29. There Is a Home Eter­nal
  30. Trusting Swee­tly in Je­sus
  31. We Shall See the Gold­en City
  32. Yield Not to Temp­ta­tion
  1. Beautiful Home
  2. Bethlehem’s Star
  3. Bethlehem Babe, The
  4. By and By
  5. Cabin John
  6. Come Close to the Sav­ior
  7. Come, Sin­ner, Come
  8. Day-Spring
  9. Hark! the Voice of Je­sus Call­ing
  10. Master, the Temp­est Is Rag­ing
  11. Memories of Gal­i­lee
  12. See! from the Morn­ing Land
  13. Silver Star, The
  14. Songs of Praise
  15. Steadily March­ing On
  16. Tares, The
  17. Vincent
  18. Wayside Cross, The