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LOWRY, Robert, clergyman, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 12 March, 1826. He was graduated at Lewisburg university, Pennsylvania, in 1854, studied theology, entered the Baptist ministry, and has had charge of churches in New York city and Brooklyn, New York, West Chester and Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, and Plainfield, New Jersey While at Lewisburg he acted as professor of literature in the university. From 1880 till 1886 he was president of the New Jersey Baptist Sunday-school union. He took part in the Robert Raikes centennial in London in 1880. He received the degree of D.D. from Lewisburg university in 1875. Dr. Lowry is a composer of music and a hymn-writer. He has edited "Chapel Melodies" (New York, 1868) ; "Bright Jewels" (1869) ; "Pure Gold" and "Hymn Service" (1871); "Royal Diadem" and "Temple Anthems" (1873) ; "Tidal Wave" (1874) ; "Brightest and Best" (1875) ; "Welcome Tidings" and "Fountain of Song" (1877) ; "Chautauqua Carols" (1878) ; "Gospel Hymn and Tune-Book" (1879) ; "Good as Gold" (1880) ; "Our Glad Hosanna" (1882) ; "Joyful Lays" (1884) ; and "Glad Refrains" (1886). He has also written many Christmas and Easter services, and single songs. More than 3,000,000 copies of his compositions have been issued.
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