- Mel R. Wilhoit
(b Philadelphia, PA, March 12, 1826; d Plainfield, NJ, Nov 25, 1899). American writer of Sunday-school songs and hymnbook compiler. For over 40 years he was pastor of several Baptist churches in Philadelphia, New York City, Brooklyn (Hanson Place Baptist Church), and Plainfield, New Jersey. In 1868 he succeeded William Bradbury as editor of Sunday-school music at Biglow and Main, where he compiled a number of popular collections of Sunday-school songs including Pure Gold (1871), Royal Diadem (1873), Good as Gold (1880), and Glad Refrain (1886), often in collaboration with William H. Doane. These collections included about 1000 texts by Fanny Crosby. At his alma mater, the University of Lewisburg, he was Professor of Belles Lettres from 1869–75, receiving an honorary DD degree his final year. After his leave of teaching, partly owning to issues of hearing loss, he was named Curator and then Chancellor, a post he held until the floundering small school was reorganized as Bucknell University in ...