May 1, 1858, Cher­ry Grove, Vir­gin­ia (now West Vir­gin­ia).

No­vem­ber 16, 1924, Chat­ta­noo­ga, Ten­nes­see.

West Hill Ce­me­te­ry, Dal­ton, Geor­gia.


Anthony was the son of John A. Sho­wal­ter and Su­san­na Mill­er, hus­band of Lu­cy Car­o­line Call­ie Wal­ser, bro­ther of John Sho­wal­ter, and fa­ther of Karl Sho­wal­ter.

He was ed­u­cat­ed in the pub­lic schools, and be­gan stu­dy­ing mu­sic in sing­ing schools and pri­vate class­es taught by his father. He at­tend­ed his first nor­mal mu­sic school at New Mar­ket, Vir­gin­ia, taught by Ben­ja­min Un­seld and P. J. Mer­ges, in 1876.

He lat­er at­tend­ed two more ses­sions of the same school, in the lat­ter start­ing stu­dy of the or­gan un­der Mr. Mer­ges. He at­tend­ed George Root’s Na­tion­al Nor­mal in Er­ie, Penn­syl­van­ia, and Ho­ra­tio Pal­mer’s In­ter­na­tion­al Nor­mal at Meade­ville, Penn­syl­van­ia.

He be­gan teach­ing sing­ing schools at age 14, li­ter­a­ry school at age 19, and nor­mal schools at age 22. For a year in 1895, he stu­died mu­sic in Eng­land, France, and Ger­ma­ny.

Showalter pub­lished ov­er 130 mu­sic books that sold more than a mil­lion cop­ies. He was prin­ci­pal of the South­ern Nor­mal Mu­sic­al In­sti­tute in Dal­ton, Geor­gia, from its in­cep­tion in 1880.

He ed­it­ed The Mu­sic­al Teach­er (lat­er re­named the Mu­sic Teach­er and Home) mag­a­zine for ov­er 20 years, and served as an el­der of the First Pres­by­ter­i­an Church in Dal­ton, Geor­gia.

He joined the Mu­sic Teach­ers Na­tion­al As­so­ci­a­tion in 1888, and was vice pres­i­dent for Geor­gia for sev­er­al years.

He was pres­i­dent of the A. J. Sho­wal­ter Com­pa­ny in Dal­ton, Geor­gia, and the Sho­wal­ter-Pat­ton Com­pa­ny in Dal­las, Texas, two of the larg­est mu­sic pub­lish­ing houses in the Am­er­i­can south.

Showalter was in­duct­ed in­to the South­ern Gos­pel Mu­sic As­so­ci­a­tion Hall of Fame in 2000.

His works in­clude:

  1. All to Thee
  2. Amid the Strain and Stress of Life
  3. Are You Rea­dy for the Bride­groom?
  4. Are You Rea­dy for the Call of Your Lord?
  5. Are You Seek­ing Some Soul Out of Christ To­day?
  6. Are You Walk­ing in the Light of the Gos­pel?
  7. Are Your Sins For­giv­en?
  8. Away, Away, in­to the Har­vest Field
  9. Be Glad, Lit­tle Child­ren
  10. Beautiful Faith That Will Lead Us
  11. Blessed Re­deem­er, I’d Live for Thee
  12. Blessed Way the Mas­ter Taught to All, The
  13. By and By, O Wea­ry Bro­ther
  14. By and By, We’ll Meet with All
  15. Christ Hath Re­deemed Us from Bond­age and Sin
  16. Come Across the Line, My Bro­ther
  17. Come, Come to the Sav­ior
  18. Come from Thy Bond­age
  19. Come, Let Us Join in a Song of Grate­ful Praise
  20. Come to Je­sus While You May
  21. Dear Child­ren, the Shep­herd Is Call­ing
  22. Dear Friends, We Come at Last
  23. Dear Sav­ior, I Come to Thee
  24. Dear Sav­ior, I Would Come to Thee
  25. Done Is the Work of the Day and the Year
  26. Don’t You Want to Go to the Land?
  27. Draw Me, My Sav­ior, Clos­er to Thee
  28. Eternity Is Draw­ing Near­er, Bro­ther
  29. Evening Bells Are Chant­ing
  30. Fellow Trav­el­er Through This Vale
  31. For Thy Name’s Sake Lead
  32. Glory to God, Who Reigns on High
  33. God Make My Life a Lit­tle Light
  34. Hallelujah, Hal­le­lu­jah, Hal­le­lu­jah to the God Above
  35. Hallelujah, the Glo­ry of Hea­ven
  36. Happy, Hap­py New Year
  37. Hear the Bells of Hea­ven Ring­ing
  38. Hear the Ear­nest In­vi­ta­tion of To­day
  39. Hear the Sav­ior Sweet­ly Say­ing, Come to Me
  40. Hear the Sweet Voice of the Sav­ior So True
  41. Heavenly Fa­ther, Guide Me in the Way of Life
  42. Heavenly Fa­ther, Hear Me
  43. Heaven’s My Home
  44. Here Am I, Send Me Whith­er Thou Wouldst
  45. Here Are Tri­als and Temp­ta­tions
  46. Here Our Stay Is Tran­si­ent, Sor­rows Oft Be­tide
  47. Holding the Hand of My Sav­ior
  48. How Sweet the Thought of Child­hood Days
  49. I Am in the Bless­ed Way
  50. I Am Prais­ing My Sav­ior and King
  51. I Glo­ry in the Cross of Christ
  52. I Have Read the Won­drous Sto­ry of the Lamb
  53. I Know That Je­sus Saves Me
  54. I Will Fol­low Where My Sav­ior Leads
  55. I’m Drift­ing No More
  56. I’m on My Way to Realms Above
  57. I’m Saved by Grace Through the Blood of the Lamb
  58. I’m Saved by the Blood
  59. In Psalms and Hymns
  60. In That Bright Land to Which We Go
  61. In That Home Above, Hap­py Home
  62. In That Land of Light and Love
  63. In the Bat­tle of Life We’ll Go Forth
  64. In the Bless­ed Ser­vice
  65. In the Bright Red of the Sun­set Glow
  66. In the Glo­ry Way to Hea­ven I Am Go­ing
  67. In the Morn­ing of Life
  68. In the Name of Christ, Our Lord
  69. In the Res­ur­rect­ion Morn­ing
  70. In the Vine­yard of the Lord
  71. In This World of Sore Temp­ta­tion
  72. I’ve Found in the Lord the Re­deem­er I Sought
  73. I’ve Found the Peace My Heart
  74. I’ve Read of a Ci­ty Whose Streets Are of Gold
  75. Jesus Died on Cal­va­ry, Praise His Name
  76. Jesus Is Call­ing, Is Call­ing To­day
  77. Jesus Is Gra­cious and Rea­dy to Bless
  78. Jesus Is Pass­ing This Way
  79. Jesus Knocks at Thy Heart
  80. Jesus Sought Me When Astray
  81. Joy and Glad­ness Fills My Hap­py
  82. Just to Trust and Obey
  83. Let the Sav­ior’s Name Ex­alt­ed Be
  84. Let Your Light So Shine, Says the Book Di­vine
  85. Light of the World Is Je­sus, The
  86. Listen to the Sav­ior’s Words
  87. Little Beams of Bright­ness
  88. Little While Long­er to Hope, A
  89. Lord Has Pro­mised Good to Me, The
  90. Lord Is Now My Shep­herd, The
  91. Lord Je­sus, Come in Love and Pow­er
  92. Lord Om­ni­po­tent Shall Reign, The
  93. Love Is the Theme of Our Song
  94. Many Are the Homes That Are Dark To­night
  95. Many Are Those Man­sions Bright
  96. Millions Now Are on the Way
  97. Morning’s Rud­dy Beam Tints the East­ern Sky
  98. My Heart Is Filled with Won­drous Joy To­day
  99. My Heart Is Full of Song To­day
  100. Never Alone, No, Ne­ver Alone
  101. Night Is Dark, the Winds Are Strong, The
  102. No Gloomy Shadows Ov­er Yon­der
  103. O Be Rea­dy When the Brideg­room Comes
  104. O How Sweet to Trust in Je­sus
  105. O I Am So Hap­py in Je­sus, My Lord
  106. O I Know Not if Pur­er I’ll Be
  107. O Let the Bless­ed Sun­shine In
  108. O the Glo­ry That Awaits Us
  109. O to Be Like Him, O to Be Like Him
  110. O What Glo­ry All Trans­cen­dent
  111. O Where Is There Cleans­ing for My Sin?
  112. O Won­drous Is the Mes­sage
  113. Once the Days Were Dark and Drear for Me
  114. One by One
  115. Onward, On­ward Haste, Ye Chris­tian Sol­diers
  116. Open the Win­dows of Hea­ven
  117. Out on Life’s Broad Ocean Sail­ing
  118. Out on the Moun­tains Bleak
  119. Pilgrims Here Be­low, Through This Vale We Go
  120. Praise Him, Praise Him, Praise the Cre­at­or
  121. Praise the Re­deem­er, Praise Ye
  122. Praise Ye the Lord, O Praise
  123. Rejoice, Re­joice, Re­joice, in Songs of Praise
  124. Savior, in Thy Mer­cy, Hear Us
  125. Savior Is Plead­ing for Your Soul, The
  126. Search Me, O God, and Know My Heart
  127. Send the Gos­pel News To­day
  128. Sing Prais­es to God for His Mer­cy
  129. Sing We Now of Home, Hap­py, Hap­py Home
  130. So Near the King­dom of Life
  131. Some Day I Shall Wak­en in Glo­ry
  132. Some Sweet Day
  133. Songs of Joy and Glad­ness
  134. Songs of Joy and Glad­ness Fill My Soul To­day
  135. Sunward Turn Your Fac­es
  136. There Are Man­sions Pre­pared for the People
  137. There Is a Foun­tain Op­ened Wide
  138. There Is a Full Sal­va­tion
  139. There Is Cleans­ing in Je­sus’ Blood
  140. There Is Full Sal­va­tion Of­fered
  141. There Is Sun­light on the Hills
  142. There Will Be a Glad Re­un­ion
  143. There Will Be No Dark Val­ley
  144. There Will Come a Hap­py Time
  145. There’s a Hea­ven­ly Strang­er
  146. They Shall Ga­ther at Last from All Na­tions
  147. This Is the Day When Sal­va­tion Is Nigh
  148. This World Is Not My Rest­ing Place
  149. Though at Times You May Feel Dis­cour­aged
  150. Though Dark the Night of Sin and Sor­row
  151. Though I Have Strayed in Paths of Sin
  152. Though I Wan­dered Long in Dark­ness
  153. Thy Fa­ther Hath Pre­pared a Feast
  154. Tick Tock, Tick Tock, Tick Tock
  155. Time Is Fly­ing, Men Are Dy­ing
  156. Tired of the World with Its Sin
  157. ’Tis Sweet, Blest Lord
  158. To the New Je­ru­sa­lem Pre­pared
  159. To the Work, to the Work
  160. Trusting in Je­sus for Life
  161. Walking and Talk­ing with Je­sus Each Day
  162. Walking in the King’s High­way
  163. We Are on Our Way to That Land of Day
  164. We Are on Our Way to the Realms of Day
  165. We Are on the March to the Pro­mised Land
  166. We Are Press­ing on in the Work of Life
  167. We Are Stray­ing Pil­grims
  168. We Are Toil­ers in the Vine­yard
  169. We Are Toil­ing To­day
  170. Weary Sin­ner, Long­ing for Rest
  171. We’re Liv­ing in Hopes of a Bless­ed Re­ward
  172. We’re March­ing to Zi­on
  173. We’re Sail­ing o’er an Ocean Wide
  174. What a Sav­ior!
  175. What Fel­low­ship To­day Is Mine
  176. When Earth’s La­bors Are O’er
  177. When That Great Il­lus­tri­ous Day Shall Come
  178. When the Toil­er Home­ward Wends
  179. When the Tri­als of Life Here Are End­ed
  180. When the Wea­ry Toil of This Life
  181. When This Toil­some Life Is O’er
  182. When Thy Heart with Love Is
  183. When We Ga­ther Round the Throne
  184. When We Reach That Roy­al Ci­ty
  185. Where Is Your Hope, My Bro­ther?
  186. While We Yet Were Sin­ners
  187. Why Not Heed to the Call of Mer­cy?
  188. Wide Op­en Stands the Gate
  189. With Ear­nest En­dea­vor for Christ
  190. With Je­sus by My Side Each Day
  191. Witnessing for Je­sus
  192. Wonderful the Sto­ry
  193. Work for the Lord, Young Chris­tians
  194. You Would Have Your Sins For­giv­en
  1. After the Life-Paths
  2. Armies of Zi­on
  3. Be a Bless­ing
  4. Bolzano
  5. Christ Is Near Me
  6. Come to Me
  7. Draw Me Clos­er, Lord, to Thee
  8. Eternal King
  9. Evening
  10. Hangzhou
  11. Heaven Is My Home
  12. I’ll Be There
  13. Immanuel’s Land
  14. In the Morn­ing of Joy
  15. Leaning on the Ev­er­last­ing Arms
  16. Like a Way­ward Child I Wan­dered
  17. Mehlville
  18. Mickel
  19. My Dear­est Friend
  20. ’Neath the Sha­dow of Thy Wing
  21. Peace, Be Still
  22. Peace Through the Blood
  23. Resting in Je­sus’ Arms
  24. Silver Lin­ings
  25. Sing Prais­es to God
  26. Solitude
  27. Waves of Sal­va­tion, The