Thanks for stopping by and taking time out of your day to read my post. My intent is to put a smile on your face. Hopefully you’ll go away with some information you may have forgotten about or did not know. Now sit back and enjoy the post for the day.
Phillip Paul was born in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania back in 1838. His Father Isaac with a practicing Methodist who taught Phillip to pray daily and to have a passion for music. In 1847 they moved to Espeyville, Pennsylvania. He was 10 years old when he first heard a piano, at 11 he left home to make his own living.
He worked in timber camps and sawmills. While working he also received his education. At 17 he finished his requirements to teach and in 1856 he became a schoolmaster at Hartsville, New York. He loved music and borrowed $30.00 to attend a six-week class at the Normal Academy of Music in New York. As and they say the rest is history. Maybe you don’t know Phillip Paul Bliss but you surely know his music. Even if you don’t attend church you know the songs. Let’s see the partial list includes “Almost Persuaded, Hallelujah, What a Saviour, Words of Life and of course It Is Well with My Soul. He died in a train wreck in 1876 along with his wife. Found in his trunk which survived the crash was another song, “I Will Sing of My Redeemer. Look him up and you can read some more of his fascinating life. Just too much for me to write it all down in this forum.