Fanny Crosby

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Birthday
24, 1820
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
Feb 12, 1915 (94)
Birth Sign
Aries
Birthday
24, 1820
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
Feb 12, 1915 (94)

About

American poet and composer who wrote over 8,000 hymns and gospel songs with over 100 million copies printed making her one of the most prolific hymnists in history.

Before Fame

She was blinded as a baby due to damage to her optic nerves and she wrote her first poem about this condition at age eight.

Trivia

She was active in missionary work and speaking engagements in her later years from 1900 until 1915.

Family Life

She married blind teacher Alexander Van Alstyne, Jr. in 1858 and they had a daughter who died shortly after birth before separating in 1880.

Associated With

She was a relative of popular singer Bing Crosby.