June 7, 1854, Clerkenwell, London, England.

December 7, 1939, Westgate-on-Sea, Kent, England.

St. John’s Cemetery, Margate, Isle of Thanet, Kent, England.

Slater was the son of Alfred Richard Slater, a brass founder, and Mary Ann Smith. Known as the father of Salvation Army (SA) music, he joined an SA drum and fife band at age seven. He went on to learn to play the violin, and became a music teacher and member of the Royal Albert Hall Orchestral Society. Converted to Christ in 1882, he began working in the SA Music Department at Clapton, rising to the rank of brigadier, and retiring in 1913. He wrote over 500 songs, and produced:

  1. Afar from Heaven Thy Feet Have Wandered
  2. All I Have, by Thy Blood Thou Dost Claim
  3. All the Guilty Past Is Washed Away
  4. And Is It So?
  5. At Peace with God!
  6. I Have Glorious Tidings of Jesus to Tell
  7. Jesus Is My Savior, This I Know
  8. Never Mind, Go On!
  9. None the Love of Christ Can Measure
  10. Nothing but Thy Blood
  11. Oft Our Trust Has Known Betrayal
  12. Our Thankful Hearts Need Joyful Songs
  13. Seeds Now We Are Sowing
  14. There Is Coming on a Great Day of Rejoicing
  15. To Save the World the Savior Came
  16. What Is the Love of Jesus to Thee?
  17. When Wise Men Came Seeking
  18. Yes, There Flows a Wondrous River

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