James H. Fillmore

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Born: 1849

Died: 1936


James Henry Fillmore was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of Augustus Damon Fillmore, a minister in the Christian Church who was also a musical author and publisher. James was educated in the public schools and worked in the printing business. He soon left that work to teach congregational singing; he had success teaching music and selling music books. He and his brother Frank formed a successful music publishing firm–“Fillmore Brothers.” The firm published church and Sunday school songs, gospel songs, day-school songs, anthems, choruses, temperance and prohibition songs, general sheet music, and song collections. They also published the monthly music journal “The Musical Messenger.” His compositions typify those published by the firm. He died in in Cincinnati.

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