Hugh W. Dougall

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Hugh W. Dougall was a hymn writer and worked with music in his community. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

He was born on March 6, 1872, in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was a grandson of Brigham Young (his mother, Maria Young, was one of Young’s daughters).

Dougall served as music supervisor for Utah public schools and was a singing teacher for 50 years. He was also involved with the Salt Lake Opera Company. He wrote a number of hymns for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, of which he was a member. His hymns “Come unto Him” (#114, music), and “Jesus of Nazareth, Savior and King” (#181, words and music) are included in the 1985 Hymns of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His song “The Bridge Builder” was used by the Young Men’s Mutual Improvement Association in the early 1900s.

He also composed “Hail, Cumorah! Silent Wonder,” “Give Me a Home in the Heart of the Mountains,” and “Zion arise! Lo, the Dark Clouds Are Falling.”

As a young man, he served a mission in the Southern States Mission, then went to Europe and New York for musical training for a career as a professional singer.

He passed away on May 2, 1963, in Salt Lake City.