1872–1958

Introduction

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Born: Sep­tem­ber 27, 1872, Spring Hill, Penn­syl­van­ia.

Died: Sep­tem­ber 3, 1958, Wi­no­na Lake, In­di­a­na.

Buried: Oak­wood Ce­me­te­ry, War­saw, In­di­a­na.

Biography

Bentley was the son of Stanl­ey Frank Ack­ley and Ophel­ia A. Cogs­well, hus­band of Ber­tha My­ers, and broth­er of Al­fred Ack­ley.

He learned the me­lo­de­on, pi­a­no, cor­o­net, clar­i­net and pic­co­lo as a boy.

After mov­ing to New York Ci­ty in 1888, he be­gan play­ing the or­gan in sev­er­al church­es.

In 1907, he joined the Bil­ly Sun­day-Ho­mer Ro­de­hea­ver ev­an­gel­ism team as sec­re­ta­ry-pi­an­ist, and trav­eled with them for eight years.

As a com­pos­er and ed­it­or with the Ro­de­hea­ver Com­pa­ny, he wrote ov­er 3,000 Gos­pel tunes.

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Music