Hymn writer and Methodist minister. He wrote over 1200 songs, 800 were published. Some of best known are:
Bring Christ Your Broken Life, Christ Is Risen from the Dead , Great Is Thy Faithfulness, He Supplieth All of My Need, He Was Wounded for Our Transgressions, I Want to Be Like Jesus, Jesus Only, Listen While I Tell, Living for Jesus, A New Creature, O to Be Like Thee!, Only in Thee, The Prodigal Son, Trust in the Lord, What Would We Do Without Jesus?
∼Thomas Obadiah Chisholm was born in a log house on the family farm in the Lake Spring community near Franklin in Simpson County, KY on July 29, 1866. He attended school in the little country schoolhouse in the community and was asked to become a teacher there at the age of sixteen. He taught for approximately six years before he was given the opportunity to become associated with the local newspaper, the Franklin Favorite, a position he held for five years. Copies of the paper show his name on the masthead as early as January 11, 1894. Later he became editor and business manager for the Pentecostal Herald, a denominational newspaper published in Louisville, Kentucky.
Mr. Chisholm was converted during a revival meeting conducted in Franklin by Evangelist Henry Clay Morrison, founder of Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky. He was ordained to the ministry, joined the Louisville Conference, and was assigned to a pastorate in nearby Scottsville, Kentucky. He served in this capacity for only one year before failing health forced him to resign.
Mr. Chisholm was advised to work in the open air, and moved his family to Winona Lake, Indiana, where he became involved in the insurance business. He continued in this occupation when he later moved to Vineland, New Jersey. He retired in 1953 and moved into the Methodist Home for the Aged in Ocean Grove, New Jersey, where he continued to live until his death on February 29, 1960. He is buried at Saint Thomas Whitemarsh Episcopal Church in Whitemarsh, Pennsylvania.
From an early age, Mr. Chisholm wrote poems and hymn tunes which were published from time to time in the Franklin Favorite and the Louisville Courier Journal as well as religious magazines and newspapers. It is believed he wrote more than 1200 poems in his lifetime, and that more than 800 of them were eventually published. Three of his best known lyrics are "Great Is Thy Faithfulness", "Living For Jesus", and "O! To Be Like Thee." These hymns have been translated into many languages and dialects and are sung around the world today.
In 2003 the Simpson County Historical Society erected a Historical Roadside Marker in his honor near his boyhood home in Simpson County, KY. (See photos)
Katherine Hambright Vandevere Chisholm
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