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