Horatio Gates Spafford (October 20, 1828, Troy, New York - October 16, 1888, Jerusalem) is the author of the hymn "It Is Well with My Soul". Horatio was a lawyer in Chicago. He lost all of his possessions in the great Chicago fire. After that, he lost his only son to a disease at the age of four. He then planned a family holiday and was held up for business reasons. His family went ahead any way, on the ship all four of his daughters died and his wife survived. Whilst going to meet his grieving wife, he got the inspiration for the song, "It Is Well with My Soul".