1850-1919
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April 5, 1850, Towner Hill, Rome, Pennsylvania.

October 3, 1919, Longwood, Missouri, while leading the music for an evangelistic meeting.

Rosehill Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois.

Robert Beverly.

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Towner studied music under his father (a well known singer and teacher in his own right), John Howard, George Root, and James Webb. He was music director at the Centenary Methodist Church in Binghamton, New York (1870-82); the York Street Methodist Episcopal Church, Cincinnati, Ohio (1882-84); the Union Methodist Episcopal Church, Covington, Kentucky (1884-85); and the Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, Illinois (1893-1919). The American Temperance University in Harriman, Tennessee, awarded Towner a Doctorate of Music in 1900. His works include:

  1. Abidjan
  2. Algeria
  3. Amazon
  4. Angel’s Song, The
  5. Anywhere with Jesus
  6. Arm for the Conflict
  7. At Calvary
  8. At Christmas Time
  9. Ayer
  10. Bayamón
  11. Be Not Deceived
  12. Bethlehem’s Beautiful Star
  13. Bird with the Broken Wing, The
  14. Bolivia
  15. Brink
  16. Burgos
  17. Camden Market
  18. Caumartin
  19. Chile
  20. Christ Jesus Hath the Power
  21. Christian Fellowship Song
  22. Cling to the Bible, My Boy
  23. Coimbra
  24. Coloma
  25. Colombia
  26. Coming of the King, The
  27. Covenant
  28. Croix Boissière
  29. Crystal Palace
  30. Downey
  31. El Segundo
  32. Firenze
  33. Fontana
  34. Fresno
  35. Gone from My Heart
  36. Grand Rapids
  37. Full Surrender
  38. Hand That Was Nailed to the Cross, The
  39. Harare
  40. Hasten, Lord, Thy Coming
  41. He Is Able to Deliver
  42. He Is Caring for Me
  43. He Slumbers Not
  44. He Will Answer Every Prayer
  45. He’s a Friend of Mine
  46. Hear the Word
  47. I Am on the Glory Side
  48. I Am Standing on the Word of God
  49. I Do Love Jesus with All My Heart
  50. I Know It Is Done
  51. If It Be True
  52. If We Brightly Shine
  53. Jesus Only, Let Me See
  54. Joyful Sound
  55. Judgment Day, The
  56. Knob Lick
  57. La Mirada
  58. Light in the Eastern Sky
  59. Long Beach
  60. Lookout Answers, All Is Well, The
  61. Lord Hath Risen, The
  62. Maharashtra
  63. Meeting in the Air
  64. Moody
  65. Move Forward!
  66. My Anchor Holds
  67. My House Will Stand
  68. Myrtle Beach
  69. Navarre
  70. Newport Beach
  71. Nor Silver Nor Gold
  72. Now I Know What Makes Me Happy
  73. Nu‘uanu Pali
  74. O Changeless Word
  75. O Blessèd Day!
  76. O Friend Without Jesus
  77. O Grace of God So Boundless
  78. O Thou God of My Salvation
  79. O Wonderful Love
  80. O Word of God
  81. Old Ship of Zion, The
  82. On That Great Day of Judgment
  83. Only a Sinner
  84. Osaka
  85. Pacific Palisades
  86. Pasadena
  87. Puerto Rico
  88. Risen Jesus, The
  89. Safe in Jehovah’s Keeping
  90. Saved by the Blood
  91. Saving Grace
  92. Send Out a Light
  93. Some Sweet Day
  94. Somewhere Tonight
  95. Speak Just a Word
  96. St. Pierre
  97. Star of Beauty
  98. Studio City
  99. Sunset Gate, The
  100. Surat
  101. Tell Out the Wonderful Story
  102. There Is a Land Mine Eye Hath Seen
  103. There’s Peace in My Heart
  104. Though the Fig Tree Shall Not Blossom
  105. Through Me
  106. Till the Day Shall Dawn
  107. Trust and Obey
  108. Twentynine Palms
  109. What Will It Be When We See Him?
  110. Ventura
  111. Victory! (Barbour)
  112. Victory in My Soul
  113. Waiting
  114. Wenzhou
  115. Which Bid, My Brother?
  116. Who Is the King of Glory?
  117. Would You Believe?
  118. You’ll Reap Whatsoever You Sow