William W. Walford was a blind English preacher. “Sweet hour of prayer” first appeared in print in the New York Observer in 1845.
Fanny Crosby was the most prolific and perhaps the most popular writer of Sunday school hymns that America has ever produced. She was born in Putnam County, New York in 1820. When only six weeks old she lost her eyesight. Her first poem was written when she was eight.