November 7, 1847, East Liverpool, Ohio.

September 20, 1909, New York City.

Riverview Cemetery, East Liverpool, Ohio.

Rebuffed in an early attempt to sell his songs to a commercial publisher, Thompson started his own publishing company. He later expanded, opening a store to sell pianos, organs and sheet music. Both a lyricist and composer, he ensured he would always remember words or melodies that came to him at odd times:

No matter where I am, at home or hotel, at the store or traveling, if an idea or theme comes to me that I deem worthy of a song, I jot it down in verse. In this way I never lose it.

Thompson took ill during a tour of Europe, and his family cut short its travels to return home. He died a few weeks later. His works include:

  1. Christ Is Risen
  2. Have I Done Any Good?
  3. Jesus Is All the World to Me
  4. Lead Me Gently Home, Father
  5. Put Your Shoulder to the Wheel
  6. Sinner and the Song, The
  7. Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling
  8. Tell Me More of Jesus
  9. There’s a Great Day Coming
  10. ’Tis Time to Say Good-Night
  1. Acton
  2. While Here
  3. Whither Are You Going?