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Cover and title page from The Concordia
, compiled by Augustus Dameron
Fillmore (Cincinnati, 1865). Performing Arts Reading Room, Library of Congress.
Fillmore first came to Cincinnati to study medicine, but turned to the ministry
of the Christian Disciple Church. His talents as a singer and composer served
him well in his evangelistic vocation. He published his first book, The
Christian Psalmist, in 1847 at the age of 24. This hymnal was enormously
popular, going through 18 editions and selling more than 500,000 copies. Toward
the end of his relatively short career he published numerous collections of
sacred and temperance music and method books, including pieces of his own
composition. He and frequent collaborator Silas White Leonard were considered
to be preeminent leaders of the singing school movement in their day. After
Fillmore's death his son, James Henry Fillmore founded the Fillmore
Brothers Music House in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1874.