Franklin Belden

(1858-1945). Publishing house worker and songwriter, nephew of Ellen G. White. With Edwin Barnes he was musical editor of Hymns and Tunes (1886); later he was a superintendent at the Review and Herald Publishing House. He wrote hundreds of Sabbath school songs and hymns, in most cases both words and music. Although it has been remarked that the volume of his output exceeded its quality, the present Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal retains 16 of his tunes and a dozen of his lyrics. At the turn of the century he entered into certain business transactions relating to songbook publishing, which, although faithfully carried out by the publishers, led him to feel that he had been unfairly treated. This supposed grievance laid the foundation for a course of action that led to his separation from the ...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.