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William Howard Doane

DOANE, William Howard. b. Preston, New London County, Connecticut, 3 Feb 1832; d. South Orange, New Jersey, 24 Dec 1915. Doane was an American businessman, investor, philanthropist, composer, and hymnbook compiler best known for his collaborations with Robert Lowry* on numerous Sunday School collections and his frequent partnering with Fanny Crosby* in providing over 1,000 hymn tunes for her Gospel texts. Approximately 30 of his over 2,200 tunes remain in common use. Born to Joseph H. (1797-1854), a cotton manufacturer, and Frances (née Treat) Doane (1799-1881), William attended local public schools until his father placed him at the Academy at Woodstock, a Congregational school, where he...

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