- Mel R. Wilhoit
(b nr Adamsville, PA, July 4, 1840; d Kinsman, OH, July 7, 1907). American composer of Sunday-school and gospel hymns, and hymnbook compiler . He studied with G.J. Webb, F.W. Root and George Macfarren, and in 1875 became a teacher and director of the Normal Musical Institute in New York, founded by G.F. Root. In 1877 he joined the evangelist Daniel Whittle as music director. He compiled numerous song collections for use in their revival meetings, often composing the tunes while Whittle supplied the texts. That year he also became an editor, with Sankey and Stebbins, of the already successful series Gospel Hymns and Sacred Songs, collaborating with them on volumes iii–vi (Cincinnati, 1878–91, repr. in Gospel Hymns nos. 1–6 Complete, 1894/R). The most successful of McGranahan’s more than 150 tunes, including those for the hymns Hallelujah for the cross (1882), I know whom I have believed...