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