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George Bennard

born on 4/2/1873 in Youngstown, OH, United States

died on 10/10/1958 in Reed City, MI, United States

Alias Rev. George Bennard

George Bennard

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George Bennard

Born February 4 1873
Youngstown, Ohio
Died October 10 1958 (aged 85)
Reed City, Michigan

George Bennard (February 4, 1873 – October 10, 1958) was an American hymn composer and preacher. He is best known for composing the famous hymn, "The Old Rugged Cross".

Early years

Bennard was born in the coal-mining and iron-production town of Youngstown, Ohio. When he was still a child, his parents relocated the family to Albia, Iowa. Some time later, they moved again to Lucas, Iowa.[1] Although the young Bennard aspired to become a Christian evangelist, he was compelled to support his mother and sisters when his father died suddenly.[1]

Evangelical and musical careers

After marrying, Bennard became active in the Salvation Army and preached throughout the United States and Canada.[1] He spent much of his life in Michigan and Wisconsin. As a well-regarded author of Christian hymns, his most famous work is "The Old Rugged Cross". Bennard retired to Reed City, Michigan, and the town maintains a museum dedicated to his life and ministry.[2] He died in Reed City, Michigan, where the local Chamber of Commerce erected a cross near his home.[1]

Bennard is buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery in Inglewood, California.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Bennard Biography. Cyber Hymnal. Retrieved on 2007-03-07.
  2. Reed City Museum. A memorial has also been created in Youngstown at Lake Park Cemetery. "Old Rugged Cross part of Youngstown history."

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