No­vem­ber 4, 1843, Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia.

June 24, 1914, Brookline, Mas­sa­chu­setts.

Forest Hills Cemetery and Crematory, Jamaica Plain, Mas­sa­chu­setts.


William was the son of Ri­chard New­ton and Ly­dia Grea­tor­ex, husband of Em­i­ly Ste­ven­son Cooke, and nephew of hymnist Will­iam New­ton.

During the Amer­i­can civil war, he served in Lan­dis’ (Penn­syl­van­ia) Battery.

After the war, he attended the Un­i­ver­si­ty of Penn­syl­van­ia (AB 1865, AM 1868, honorary DD 1890), and the Epis­co­pal Divinity School in Phil­a­del­phia. He was or­dained an Epis­co­pal dea­con June 19, 1868, and priest February 19, 1869.

He served as assistant rec­tor at the Church of The Epiph­a­ny, Phil­a­del­phia (1866–70); minister at the Ca­thed­ral Church of St. Paul, Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts (1877–82); pastor of St. Ste­phen’s Church, Pitts­field, Mas­sa­chu­setts (1881–1900); chaplain at the Eng­lish Church in Di­nan, Brit­ta­ny, France (1903–04); and rector at the Church of the As­cen­sion, Wake­field, Rhode Island (1905–06).

His works in­clude:

  1. Awake! Awake! Glad Voices Make
  2. Long Ago, in Solemn Midnight
  3. Who Is This in Bethlehem’s Town