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James Ellor (1819-1899)
James Ellor (1819-1899) was an English hatmaker and Methodist choirmaster. Born in Droylsden, near Manchester he was employed at the hat making factory. The Wesleyan Chapel in Droylsden had regular hymn practices and their singing attracted people from miles around. It is said that many would attend the services just to enjoy the blessing of the music.
In 1838, when Ellor was 19, he brought his choir a new tune he’d composed for the hymn All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name. He had written it for the occasion of a Sunday School anniversary in their home church. The tune, called Diadem, was enthusiastically received, and it has been used with the hymn ever since and Diadem is the only hymn he is now remembered for.
In 1843, James Ellor emigrated to America and again made his living as a hat maker. He died in New York City in 1899.
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