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HUDSON, Ralph(1843-1901)
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Hudson’s par­ents, Hen­ry and Sar­ah Hud­son, moved to Penn­syl­van­ia when Ralph was a boy. Soon af­ter the out­break of the Amer­i­can ci­vil war, Ralph en­list­ed in the 10th Penn­syl­van­ia Vol­un­teers, and served over three years. Af­ter dis­charge from the ar­my, he be­came a suc­cess­ful mu­sic teach­er. From 1872-1874, he was Pro­fes­sor of Vo­cal Mu­sic at Mount Un­ion Coll­ege, and for the next quar­ter cen­tu­ry lived in the Mt. Un­ion-Alliance, Ohio, area. For a while, he was in a real es­tate par­tner­ship with Rev. D. D. Waugh. How­ev­er, he was best known as a hymn writ­er and mu­sic pub­lish­er, and for evan­gel­ism and tem­per­ance work. He was a lay preach­er and mem­ber of the Mt. Un­ion Meth­od­ist Epis­co­pal Church, and was one of the few sup­port­ers of the Sal­va­tion Ar­my when it strug­gled to gain a foot­hold in Al­li­ance in the mid-1880’s.

In 1897, Hud­son moved to Cleve­land, Ohio, where he con­tin­ued to pub­lish mu­sic, and to tra­vel as an evan­gel­ist and tem­per­ance work­er. In late May, 1901, he left Cleve­land for an ex­tens­ive trip to pro­mote his lat­est song­book. He stopped in Up­land, In­di­a­na, to at­tend com­mence­ment ex­er­cis­es at Tay­lor Un­i­ver­si­ty, where he was a trust­ee. He stayed there sev­er­al days and de­li­vered a lecture. Short­ly af­ter, he fell ill and died. At the time of his death, he was a mem­ber of the Lo­cal Preach­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, the Ep­worth Me­mor­i­al Church in Cleve­land, and the Pro­tect­ed Home Cir­cle.