Anthony Johnson Showalter

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Born: 1858

Died: 1924


Anthony Johnson Showalter was born in Cherry Grove, Virginia. He was trained in the Ruebush-Kieffer School of Music and was teaching in singing schools by age fourteen. He studied music with Benjamin C. Unseld and George F. Root, and, for a year, he studied music in England, France, and Germany. He was principal of the Southern Normal Musical Institute in Dalton, Georgia from its inception. He established the A. J. Showalter Co., Printers, Binders & Music Publishers, edited The Musical Teacher for over 20 years, and published over 130 music books, hymnals, songbooks, schoolbooks, magazines, and some newspapers. He also served as an elder of the First Presbyterian Church in Dalton. He died in Chattanooga, Tennessee. His best known song is “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms.” He wrote the music and chorus, and Elisha A. Hoffman wrote the verses. He authored several books on music theory and a book on harmony and song composition that were widely used in singing schools across the South.

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