1850–1919
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April 5, 1850, Town­er Hill, Rome, Penn­syl­van­ia.

October 3, 1919, Long­wood, Mis­sou­ri, while leading the music for an evangelistic meeting.

Rose­hill Cemetery, Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois.

Robert Be­ver­ly.

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Towner studied music under his father (a well known singer and teacher in his own right), John How­ard, George Root, and James Webb.

He was music director at the Cen­ten­ary Meth­od­ist Church in Bing­ham­ton, New York (1870–82); the York Street Meth­od­ist Epis­co­pal Church, Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio (1882–84); the Union Meth­od­ist Epis­co­pal Church, Cov­ing­ton, Ken­tuc­ky (1884–85); and the Mo­ody Bi­ble Institute, Ch­ica­go, Il­li­nois (1893–1919). The Amer­i­can Temperance University in Har­ri­man, Ten­nes­see, awarded Towner a Doctorate of Music in 1900. His works include:

  1. Abidjan
  2. Algeria
  3. Amazon
  4. Angel’s Song, The
  5. Anywhere with Jesus
  6. Arm for the Conflict
  7. At Calvary
  8. At Christmas Time
  9. Ayer
  10. Bayamón
  11. Be Not Deceived
  12. Bethlehem’s Beautiful Star
  13. Bird with the Broken Wing, The
  14. Bolivia
  15. Brink
  16. Burgos
  17. Camden Market
  18. Caumartin
  19. Chile
  20. Christ Jesus Hath the Power
  21. Christian Fellowship Song
  22. Cleansing Blood (Aultman), The
  23. Cling to the Bible, My Boy
  24. Coimbra
  25. Coloma
  26. Colombia
  27. Colomiers
  28. Coming of the King, The
  29. Covenant
  30. Croix Boissière
  31. Crystal Palace
  32. Downey
  33. El Segundo
  34. Firenze
  35. Fontana
  36. Fresno
  37. Glory All the Way!
  38. Gone from My Heart
  39. Grand Rapids
  40. Full Surrender
  41. Hand That Was Nailed to the Cross, The
  42. Harare
  43. Hasten, Lord, Thy Coming
  44. He Is Able to Deliver
  45. He Is Caring for Me
  46. He Slumbers Not
  47. He Will Answer Every Prayer
  48. Heavenly Home
  49. He’s a Friend of Mine
  50. Hear the Word
  51. His Grace Is Sufficient
  52. I Am on the Glory Side
  53. I Am Standing on the Word of God
  54. I Do Love Jesus with All My Heart
  55. I Know It Is Done
  56. If It Be True
  57. If We Brightly Shine
  58. Jesus Only, Let Me See
  59. Joyful Sound
  60. Judgment Day, The
  61. Knob Lick
  62. La Mirada
  63. Light in the Eastern Sky
  64. Long Beach
  65. Lookout Answers, All Is Well, The
  66. Lord Hath Risen, The
  67. Maharashtra
  68. Meeting in the Air
  69. Moody
  70. Move Forward!
  71. My Anchor Holds
  72. My House Will Stand
  73. Myrtle Beach
  74. Navarre
  75. Newport Beach
  76. Nor Silver Nor Gold
  77. Now I Know What Makes Me Happy
  78. Nu‘uanu Pali
  79. O Changeless Word
  80. O Blessèd Day!
  81. O Friend Without Jesus
  82. O Grace of God So Boundless
  83. O Thou God of My Salvation
  84. O Wonderful Love
  85. O Word of God
  86. Old Ship of Zion, The
  87. On That Great Day of Judgment
  88. Only a Sinner
  89. Osaka
  90. Pacific Palisades
  91. Pasadena
  92. Puerto Rico
  93. Risen Jesus, The
  94. Safe in Jehovah’s Keeping
  95. Saved by the Blood
  96. Saving Grace
  97. Send Out a Light
  98. Some Sweet Day
  99. Somewhere Tonight
  100. Speak Just a Word
  101. St. Pierre
  102. Star of Beauty
  103. Studio City
  104. Sunset Gate, The
  105. Surat
  106. Tell Out the Wonderful Story
  107. There Is a Land Mine Eye Hath Seen
  108. There’s Peace in My Heart
  109. Though the Fig Tree Shall Not Blossom
  110. Through Me
  111. Till the Day Shall Dawn
  112. Trentino
  113. Trust and Obey
  114. Twentynine Palms
  115. What Will It Be When We See Him?
  116. Ventura
  117. Victory! (Barbour)
  118. Victory in My Soul
  119. Waiting
  120. Wenzhou
  121. Which Bid, My Brother?
  122. Who Is the King of Glory?
  123. Wondrous Sight
  124. Would You Believe?
  125. You’ll Reap Whatsoever You Sow