1861–1921

Introduction

Born: Au­gust 31, 1861, Hi­ram, Ohio.

Died: March 3, 1921, Hi­ram, Ohio.

Buried: Fair­view Ce­me­te­ry, Hir­am, Ohio.

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Biography

Jessie was the wife of John Ed­win Pounds, pas­tor of the Cen­tral Chris­tian Church in In­di­an­a­po­lis, In­di­a­na (mar­ried 1896).

She was in poor health as a child, and re­ceived her ear­ly ed­u­ca­tion at home.

At age 15, she be­gan sub­mit­ting ar­ti­cles to Cleve­land news­pa­pers and var­i­ous re­li­gious pub­li­ca­tions. In her ear­ly years, an ed­it­or com­ment­ed that some of her po­et­ry would make good hymn texts. So be­gan her song writ­ing ca­reer.

Ov­er her life­time, Pounds wrote 50 li­bret­tos for can­ta­tas and op­er­et­tas, 9 books, and more than 400 Gos­pel songs. She col­lab­or­at­ed with James Fill­more for three de­cades.

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