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Hymn Writers Of The Church by Charles S. Nutter


Hunter, William, a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, was born in Ireland May 26, 1811, and came to America when but a youth. He was graduated at Madison College in 1833. Dr. Hunter was for a number of years Professor of Hebrew and Biblical Literature in Alleghany College. He was editor of the Pittsburg Christian Advocate from 1844 to 1852, and again from 1872 to 1876. He was the author of a large number of hymns, which he published in his Select Melodies (1838-51), Minstrel of Zion (1845), and Songs of Devotion (1860). He was one of the committee of twelve appointed by the General Conference of 1876 to revise the Church hymnal. He died October 18, 1877. His brother, Rev. Andrew Hunter, D.D., was a highly honored and most useful minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and at the time of his death the greatly beloved patriarch of his Church.

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