MCGRANAHAN, James. b. West Fallowfield, Pennsylvania, 4 July 1840; d. Kinsman, Ohio, 9 July 1907. McGranahan attended singing school and fell in love with music. By the age of nineteen he had taught his first class. In 1861 and 1862 he attended the Normal Music School at Geneseo, New York (founded by William Batchelder Bradbury*). He subsequently continued his music education studying teaching, conducting, and harmony. In 1875 he became the director at the Normal Music Institute presided over by George F. Root*.
Philip Bliss* had urged McGranahan to devote his life to evangelical work, and wanted to pair him up with an evangelist. Shortly after these conversations had begun, Bliss was...
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