Born: April 8, 1854, Racine, Wisconsin.
Died: November 8, 1925, Rome, New York.
Buried: Rome Cemetery, Rome, New York.
William was the husband of Ella Southworth.
In his infancy, his parents returned to their former home in New York state, where his mother soon died, and his father married a close friend of hers.
After William’s 1873 conversion, his stepmother predicted he would one day be a bishop. He served the Methodist Susquehanna Conference as a pastor and district superintendent, 1876–1919, then his stepmother’s prediction came true.
Meanwhile, he had been a member of the joint commission of the Free and Wesleyan Methodist Churches which compiled the 1910 hymnal, and contributed some items to it.
He died in office, requesting no eulogy at his funeral.