Born: No­vem­ber 4, 1843, Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia.

Died: June 24, 1914, Brook­line, Mas­sa­chu­setts.

Buried: 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).