1820–1896

October 18, 1820, Woodbridge, New Jersey.

July 1896, West Hampton, Long Island, New York, where he was spending the summer.

Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York.

Randolph moved to New York City at age 10, and began working as an errand boy in the New York Depository of the Am­er­i­can Sun­day School Un­ion. He stayed with that organization 21 years, leaving in 1851 to set up his own bookselling business.

The first store Ran­dolph occupied was at 609 Broad­way, opposite Bond Street. The location was considered very far up town, as the Ap­ple­tons, Car­ters, Charles Scrib­ner, and M. W. Dodd were then clustered around City Hall. From the first, Randolph made a specialty of religious books, and in his first year republished Hints to Christians, originally published in 1832 by Edward Beech­er and Dr. Skin­ner.

In 1852, Ran­dolph moved to the corner of Third Street and Broad­way, where he weathered the panic of 1857. During the Amer­i­can civil war, Randolph had a profitable business in publishing pamphlets, sermons, and addresses dealing with the national struggle. Among other works, he published de Join­ville’s report on the Ar­my of the Po­to­mac.

In 1864, Ran­dolph moved further up town to a store on the southeast corner of Broad­way and Ninth Street, where he stayed until 1876, when he took a store on the corner of Twen­ti­eth Street and Broad­way. After ten years there, he moved to the block on Twenty-Third Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, where he was among publishers such as Put­nam, Dut­ton, Henry Holt, and F. W. Christ­ern. In 1892 he moved yet again, to 192 Fifth Avenue, where he remained until he sold his retail business to the Baptist Publication Society and moved his remaining wholesale business to 91 and 93 Fifth Avenue.

  1. Christ the Theme of Song in All Ages
  2. Dear Lord, Thy Table Is Outspread
  3. O Blessèd Lord, Once More
  4. That Holy One, Who Came to Earth
  5. Weary, Lord, of Struggling Here

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