Jan­u­a­ry 2, 1828, Thorn­ton, New Hamp­shire.

No­vem­ber 28, 1904, Cleve­land, Ohio.

Lake View Ce­me­te­ry, Cleve­land, Ohio.

R. E. Jer­e­my.


Rankin attended Mid­dle­bu­ry College, Ver­mont, and An­do­ver The­o­lo­gic­al Se­mi­na­ry.

After or­di­na­tion in 1855, he held pas­tor­ates in New York; St. Al­bans, Ver­mont; Charles­town, Mas­sa­chu­setts; at the First Con­gre­ga­tion­al Church in Wash­ing­ton, DC, for 15 years; and at the Val­ley Con­gre­ga­tion­al Church, Or­ange, New Jer­sey.

In 1889, he be­came pre­si­dent of How­ard Un­i­ver­si­ty, Wash­ing­ton, DC.

His works in­clude:

  1. Drifting Away from Je­sus
  2. Fair Freedom’s Land
  3. Far Up the Heights of Glo­ry
  4. God Be the Na­tion’s Guide
  5. God Be with You Till We Meet Again
  6. Heralds of Je­sus
  7. How Can I but Love Him?
  8. In Sight of the Crys­tal Sea
  9. Keep Your Co­lors Fly­ing
  10. Laboring and Hea­vy La­den
  11. More Than Con­quer­ors
  12. O Pro­di­gal, Don’t Stay Away
  13. On East­er Morn
  14. Out and Out for Je­sus
  15. Out of Zi­on May God Bless Thee
  16. Rest, Rest, Rest, Bro­ther, Rest
  17. Soldier of Christ
  18. Sweet! Sweet! Sweet the Swell!
  19. Take a Stand for Je­sus
  20. Tell It to Je­sus
  21. Watch Be­tween My Soul and Thee
  22. Who’ll Take the Ranks?