James Milton Black was born on August 19, 1856, at South Hill, New York, he died December 21, 1938, at Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Black started his musical career with John Howard of New York and Daniel Towner of the Moody Bible Institute. He moved to Williamsport, Pennsylvania, around 1881, and was an active member of the Pine Street Methodist Episcopal Church from 1904 until his death serving as a song leader and Sunday school teacher. Black also found time to edit a dozen Gospel Hymn books, write almost 1,500 songs, and served on the commission for the 1905 Methodist Hymnal.
Hymns he wrote include:
Osbeck, K.W. 101 More Hymn Stories (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Kregel Publications: 1985) Pages 309-311
Osbeck, K.W. Amazing Grace (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Kregel Publications, 1990) Page 99