Born: April 6, 1834, New Haven, Connecticut.
Died: November 20, 1903, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Buried: Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla, New York.
Hart was the husband of Harriet Rosetta Colahan (married 1858).
When he was eight years old, his family moved to Saratoga Springs, New York, where he studied music with Dr. L. E. Whiting.
Later, Danks worked as a carpenter in his father’s construction business for while, but shortly began a full time music career, composing, singing, and leading choral groups.
In 1864, he moved to New York City.
The next year, he composed his best known song, Silver Threads Among the Gold (words by Eben Rexford), which sold over three million copies. Having sold the rights to it, though, he died penniless in a boarding house.
His last written words:
It’s hard to die alone.
If you know where to get a better photo of Danks, would you ?