|Ira D. Sankey (1840-1908) was an American Gospel singer and composer of music for such hymns as "Faith Is the Victory," "Trusting Jesus," and "Under His Wings." Associate with D. L. Moody in evangelistic work in the U.S. and abroad as solo singer/music director.|
|1840||Born Edinburg, Pennsylvania. (Aug 28)|
|1856||Converted to Christ in revival meeting at King's Chapel.|
|1857||Moved to Newcastle, Pennsylvania.
Joined Methodist Episcopal Church.
Became Sunday-school superintendent and leader of the choir.
|1860||Enlisted in Union Army during Civil War.|
|1863||Married Fanny V. Edwards (Sep 9). They had three sons.|
|1867||Elected secretary, then president of Newcastle Y.M.C.A.|
|1870||Met D. L. Moody, who challenged him for full-time Christian service.|
|1871||Moved to Chicago, Illinois, to work with D. L. Moody.
Watched Chicago burn (Great Chicago Fire) from boat in Lake Michigan.
|1873-75||Made extended evangelistic tour of British Isles.
Published (1873) his first collection of songs entitled Sacred Songs and Solos.
|1875||With Philip P. Bliss, co-edited Gospel Hymns, Nos. 1-6.|
|1881-84||Made second, extended, evangelistic tour to British Isles.|
|1891-92||Made third visit to British Isles.|
|1898||Made a visit to the Holy Land.|
|1899||Mourned D. L. Moody's death. (Dec 22)|
|1903||Experienced loss of his eyesight.|
|1908||Died in Brooklyn. (Aug 13)|