Born: De­cem­ber 22, 1822, Free­town, Mas­sa­chu­setts.

Died: Feb­ru­ary 7, 1905, Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts.

Buried: Mount Au­burn Ce­me­te­ry, Cam­bridge, Mas­sa­chu­setts.



William was the son of Na­hum Al­ger and Ca­ther­ine S. Lodge.

He at­tend­ed Har­vard Di­vi­ni­ty School (1844–47).

In 1848, he was or­dained a Uni­ta­ri­an min­is­ter in Rox­bury, Mas­sa­chu­setts, serv­ing there un­til 1855.

He lat­er served at the Bul­finch Street Church, Bos­ton (1873); Church of the Mes­si­ah, New York Ci­ty (1873–77); and at church­es in Co­lo­ra­do, Il­li­nois, Maine, Lou­isi­ana, and Rhode Is­land.

He was a Free­ma­son and abo­li­tion­ist, and con­trib­ut­ed to the pub­li­ca­tions Old and New and the Chris­tian Ex­am­in­er.

He was cha­plain to the Mas­sa­chu­setts state House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives in the 1860s.

Among Al­ger’s quotes are Most men give ad­vice by the buck­et, but take it by the grain and Men oft­en make up in wrath what they want in rea­son.