John Hughes was born on November 22, 1873 in Dowlai, Wales. He grew up in Llantwit Vardre, Glamorganshire.
By age 12, Hughes was working as a “doorboy” in the coal mine at Lantwit Fardre, Glamorganshire. He eventually worked up to the position of clerk at the Great Western Colliery in Pontypridd, in Rhondda Valley.
He was active in the Salem Baptist Church following his father there as deacon and precentor.
Hymns John Hughes contributed to include:
John Hughes died on May 14, 1932.
LindaJo H. McKim, The Presbyterian Hymnal Companion (Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1993), pp. 282.
This article previously was written by Gideon Macomber when he was 13. It was revised by his sister, Faith Macomber on Jan. 20, 2007. Sources they used include:
Kathreen Blanchard. Stories of Beautiful Hymns. (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1942) pp. 42, 43.
Carl F. Price. One Hundred and One Hymns Stories. (Cincinnati: The Abingdon Press, 1923) p. 47.