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Horatio Gates Spafford

Horatio Gates Spafford (October 20, 1828, Troy, New York – October 16, 1888, Jerusalem) was a prominent American lawyer and Presbyterian church elder. He is best known for penning the Christian hymn It Is Well With My Soul following a family tragedy in which his four daughters died aboard the S.S. Ville du Havre on a transatlantic voyage.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1828 (unicorn), Died 1888 (Jerusalem)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1909 - 1925

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-33936 10-in. 11/24/1925 It is well with my soul Louise Homer Contralto vocal solo, with male vocal quartet and pipe organ lyricist  
Columbia 4269 10-in. ca. 1909 It is well with my soul Henry Burr ; Frank C. Stanley Male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
Edison 6875 10-in. 7/16/1919 It is well with my soul Anna Case ; Criterion Quartet Soprano vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra lyricist  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Spafford, Horatio Gates," accessed August 12, 2020,

Spafford, Horatio Gates. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 12, 2020, from

"Spafford, Horatio Gates." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 12 August 2020.

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