Birthdays on July 22

Emily Elizabeth Steele Elliot (1836 to )
Church of England
Emily Wrote a Popular Christmas Carol

eth Steele Elliot was born at Brighton, England. Her father was an Anglican clergyman and Emily wrote a large number of hymns for use in his parish church, as well as in hospitals and infirmaries. She was editor for many years of Church Missionary Juvenile Instructor, in which many of her hymns appeared. One that we still sing is "Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne."

William Archibald Spooner (1844 to 1930)
Protestant
Another Tip of the Slung?

William Archibald Spooner was born in London. So quick was the reverend Spooner's mind that his tongue could not keep up and he gained a reputation for transposing words or parts of words with comical effect, such as "You hissed my mystery lesson" for "you missed my history lesson," or "When our boys come home from France, we will have our hags flung out" when he meant "When our boys come home from France, we'll have our flags hung out." We get the word spoonerism from his notorious slips of the tongue.

Louis Fitzgerald Benson (1855 to 1930)
Presbyterian
From Law to Liberty

Louis Fitzgerald Benson was born in Philadelphia. After studying for the legal profession and practicing for seven years, he felt the need to become a minister. He edited a hymnal for the Presbyterian Church.

Peter Philip Bilhorn (1865 to 1936)
Protestant
1400! That's a Lot of Hymns

Peter Philip Bilhorn was born in Mendota, IL. Peter was converted to Christ at age 18 and combined his love of music with evangelism. He wrote over 1400 hymns, including the music to "I Will Sing the Wondrous Story of the Christ Who Died for Me." He died December 13, 1936.

Baylus Benjamin McKinney (1886 to 1952)
Baptist
Pray His Hymn as a Prayer

Birth of Baylus Benjamin McKinney. He composed music and words of many hymns. "Lord, Lay Some Soul upon My Heart" is one of his best known compositions. He was the first editor of The Church Musician, a Southern Baptist publication.

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