Howard Doane was a Christian business tycoon. He apparently came by his fabulous wealth honestly and never was accused of greed, injustice, or corruption. He gave a large percent of his income to charitable institutions in a time before tax laws made it expedient for the rich to do so. He was an active worker in the Mount Auburn Baptist Church in the Cincinnati suburb where he had a mansion.
As a businessman, he patented seventy inventions and so perfected the productivity of woodworking machines that, in 1889, France named him a Chevalier in the famed Legion of Honor [an Order of Knighthood]. As a musician, he composed 2,300 hymns over a period of fifty-three years.
He collaborated with Fanny Crosby in writing many of their hymns: he provided the music and she provided the words.
[From Bernard Ruffin, Fanny Crosby: The Hymn Writer, 1995, pp. 92-93. Transcribed and formatted by Jim Duvall.]
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