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.