Fanny Crosby was born on March 24, 1820 near Brewster, NY, and died on February 12, 1915. She is most likely the most prolific hymn-writer of all time, having published at least 8,000 hymns, despite the fact she was blind from a very early age! She also wrote a large number of books and articles, as well as cantatas, and political songs.

A few of her well-known hymns are:

  • Blessed Assurance, Jesus is Mine
  • Draw Me Nearer (I Am Thine O Lord)
  • To God be the Glory, Great Things He Has Done
  • Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior
  • Near The Cross (Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross)
  • Rescue the Perishing
  • All The Way My Savior Leads Me, What Have I to Ask Beside?

There is a well-documented article on Wikipedia on Fanny Crosby’s life.