Francis H. Rowley

Francis H. Rowley
Short Name: Francis H. Rowley
Full Name: Rowley, Francis H. (Francis Harold), 1854-1952
Birth Year: 1854
Death Year: 1952

Rv Francis Harold Rowley DD USA 1854-1952. Born at Hilton, NH, the son of a doctor, he graduated from Rochester University in 1875 and Rochester Theological Seminary of NY in 1878. He married Ida Amelia Babcock in 1878, and they had four children: John, Alice, Charles, and Esmond. He became a Baptist minister, animal welfare campaigner, and hymn writer. He pastored for over 30 years at Titusville, PA, North Adams, MA (1884-1892), Oak Park, IL, Fall River, MA, and the First Baptist Church at Boston, MA, until 1910. He preached at Appleton Chapel, Harvard University. He was also a trustee of the University of Chicago Divinity School (1894-1896). While at North Adams, MA, Peter Bilhorn, a fine musician and his assistant minister, asked him to write a hymn for Bilhorn to set to music. He wrote the hymn text overnight. The hymn was presented to Ira Sankey and he altered the text some before publishing it. Visiting in London, he once heard a Salvation Army band playing his hymn. They had no idea he was nearby. Rowley became aware of dismemberment of animals in slaughter houses across the country and lobbied for the animals to be rendered unconscious before being cut open. From 1892-1900 he was Secretary of the American Humane Association. In 1915, through his influence, a building was made to house the MA Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. He was president of that organization and of the American Humane Education Society from 1908-1945, and the Angell Memorial Animal Hospital. He was also Chairman of the Animal Protection Committee for the MA Committee on Public Safety and VP of the American Society for the Humane Regulation of Vivisection. In 1947 the Rowley School of Human Understanding was established in his honor. In 1948 the MA Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals named the Rowley Memorial Hospital in Springfield, MA, for him. A humanitarian, he also worked with hospitals: Robert Brigham Hospital (for incurables) and N E Baptist Hospital of Boston. He was a member of the advisory council at Yenching University, China; a member of the alumni committee, University of Rochester, NY; member Alpha Delta Phi, Phi Beta Kappa. Rochester University gave him an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree. He died at Boston, MA. Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, GA, named the Rowley School of Humanities after him.

John Perry

Texts by Francis H. Rowley (10)sort descendingAsAuthority LanguagesInstances
سالكا سبل الضلالFrancis H. Rowley (Author)Arabic1
Auf, mein Herz, und rühm' die KundeFrancis H. Rowley (Author)German1
Cantaré la bella historiaF. H. Rowley (Author)Spanish10
Cantaré la maravilla, que Jesús murío por míFrancis H. Rowley (Author)Spanish3
Cantarei a linda história de Jesus, meu SalvadorFrancis H. Rowley (Author)Portuguese2
Hymn wdzięczności plynie z duszyFrancis H. Rowley (Author)Polish2
I will sing the wondrous story, Of the Christ who died for meF. H. Rawley (Author)English259
Jeg vil synge om den sandhedF. H. Rawley (Author)Norwegian1
Mele au ka lono lani No Iesu i make no'uF. H. Rawley (Author)Hawaiian3
Seele, auf, ich will's verkündenF. H. Rawley (Author)German8

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