November 21, 1854, Towcester, Northampton, England.

Son of William James and Susan Waller Dawson, William was educated at Didsbury College, Manchester, and ordained a Wesleyan minister in 1875. He married Jane Powell of Lowestoft in 1879, and served in various locations until assuming the pastorate of Highbury Quadrant Congregational Church, London, in 1892. The previous year, he was one of the English delegates to the Methodist Ecumenical Council in Washington, DC. He liked America so much that he emigrated there in 1905, joining the Presbyterians and first serving at the First Church in Newark, New Jersey. His works include:

  1. When the Golden Evening Gathered
    • How He Came
  2. Christ Must Be Served Indeed
  3. Fast Falls the Night Around Us
  4. Not for the Things We Sing
  5. O Christ, Withdrawn in Depths Divine