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Joseph Henry Gilmore on 3/26/1862, penned the words to the hymn, “He Leadeth Me.”  Joseph H was born at Boston, 4/29/1834, one of the eleven children of Joseph A & Ann Page Whipple Gilmore.  (Joseph A was later 29th Governor of New Hampshire – Joseph H served as an assistant to him & edited a paper.)  Joseph H graduated from both Brown U. & Newton Theological Institution.

Gilmore pastor the Second Baptist Church (Rochester, New York) & pastored at Fisherville, New Hampshire.  In 1868 he was appointed Professor at Rochester U. & directed their English Department (1868-1908).  He wrote half a dozen books but is remembered today for the above mentioned hymn. He was married (did not see wife’s name).  His death date is July 23, 1918 (Rochester, New York).

He leadeth me, O blessèd thought! O words with heav’nly comfort fraught!

Whate’er I do, where’er I be Still ’tis God’s hand that leadeth me.


He leadeth me, He leadeth me, By His own hand He leadeth me;

His faithful follower I would be, For by His hand He leadeth me.

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