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, and hus­band of Call­ie Wal­ser.

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 which 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 on the Trea­cher­ous
  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, Trust­ing
  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 Your
  124. Savior, in Thy Mercy, Hear Us Bless Us While We Pray
  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 on the Other Shore
  143. There Will Be No Dark Valley When I Am Called to Go
  144. There Will Come a Happy Time in the Glorious By and By
  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, Heaven’s My Home
  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 While Beams
  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. My Dearest Friend
  19. ’Neath the Shadow of Thy Wing
  20. Peace, Be Still
  21. Peace Through the Blood
  22. Resting in Jesus’ Arms
  23. Silver Linings
  24. Sing Praises to God
  25. Solitude
  26. Waves of Salvation, The