Inductees Archive

Ira D. Sankey

The man whose name has become synonymous with gospel songs was born in Edinburgh, Pennsylvania, August 28, 1840. He became associated with the evangelist Dwight L. Moody in 1870 as his song leader. The success of Moody and Sankey in England resulted in Sankey’s “Sacred Songs and Solos”, which grew from a twenty-four page pamphlet in 1873 to a 1,200 song collection in 1903, and has been reported to have sold more than 80 million copies. In America he joined with P.P. Bliss to publish “Gospel Hymns” series from 1875-91. These books had an extraordinary influence on Christian Song and many gospel songs still in common usage became popular by inclusion in this series. Among his more popular gospel songs are “Hiding In Thee,” “I’m Praying For You”, and “The Ninety and Nine”. Mr. Sankey died in Brooklyn, New York in 1908.


Induction Year




Edinburg, Lawrence County, PA



  • Dwight L. Moody
  • P.P. Bliss
  • Fanny Crosby


Significant Hymns

  • “Hiding in Thee”
  • “The Ninety Nine”
  • “I Need Thee Every Hour”



Ira D. Sankey singing “The Ninety Nine”