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.


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. Angel’s Song, The
  3. Anywhere with Jesus
  4. Arm for the Conflict
  5. At Calvary
  6. At Christmas Time
  7. Ayer
  8. Be Not Deceived
  9. Bethlehem’s Beautiful Star
  10. Bird with the Broken Wing, The
  11. Brink
  12. Camden Market
  13. Caumartin
  14. Christ Jesus Hath the Power
  15. Christian Fellowship Song
  16. Cling to the Bible, My Boy
  17. Coloma
  18. Coming of the King, The
  19. Covenant
  20. Croix Boissière
  21. Crystal Palace
  22. Fresno
  23. Gone from My Heart
  24. Full Surrender
  25. Hand That Was Nailed to the Cross, The
  26. Harare
  27. Hasten, Lord, Thy Coming
  28. He Is Caring for Me
  29. He Will Answer Every Prayer
  30. He’s a Friend of Mine
  31. Hear the Word
  32. I Am on the Glory Side
  33. I Am Standing on the Word of God
  34. I Do Love Jesus with All My Heart
  35. If It Be True
  36. If We Brightly Shine
  37. Jesus Only, Let Me See
  38. Joyful Sound
  39. Knob Lick
  40. Light in the Eastern Sky
  41. Long Beach
  42. Lookout Answers, All Is Well, The
  43. Lord Hath Risen, The
  44. Meeting in the Air
  45. Moody
  46. Move Forward!
  47. My Anchor Holds
  48. My House Will Stand
  49. Navarre
  50. Nor Silver Nor Gold
  51. Now I Know What Makes Me Happy
  52. Nu‘uanu Pali
  53. O Changeless Word
  54. O Blessèd Day!
  55. O Friend Without Jesus
  56. O Grace of God So Boundless
  57. O Thou God of My Salvation
  58. O Wonderful Love
  59. O Word of God
  60. Old Ship of Zion, The
  61. On That Great Day of Judgment
  62. Only a Sinner
  63. Risen Jesus, The
  64. Safe in Jehovah’s Keeping
  65. Saved by the Blood
  66. Saving Grace
  67. Send Out a Light
  68. Some Sweet Day
  69. Somewhere Tonight
  70. Star of Beauty
  71. Sunset Gate, The
  72. Tell Out the Wonderful Story
  73. There Is a Land Mine Eye Hath Seen
  74. There’s Peace in My Heart
  75. Though the Fig Tree Shall Not Blossom
  76. Through Me
  77. Till the Day Shall Dawn
  78. Trust and Obey
  79. What Will It Be When We See Him?
  80. Victory in My Soul
  81. Waiting
  82. Which Bid, My Brother?
  83. Who Is the King of Glory?
  84. Would You Believe?
  85. You’ll Reap Whatsoever You Sow