November 28, 1868, Newry, Ireland.
January 1, 1946, Johnson City, New York.
Floral Park Cemetery, Johnson City, New York.
Clements’ family emigrated to America in 1870, settling in Liberty, New York. He came to Christ in 1886 at services held by Dwight L. Moody at the First Baptist Church on Chenango Street, Binghamton, New York. Moody’s song leader, Daniel Towner, wrote the music for Clements’ first hymn, Man the Life-Boat. Clements went on to write more than 5,000 hymns, and became the first president of the Practical Bible Training School (now Davis College) in Lestershire (now Johnson City), New York, a position he held 17 years. His works include:
But for a MomentThis Weight of Affliction
For Christ and the ChurchWe Stand
For God So Loveda Ruined Race