Born: March 13, 1833, Williamsburg, Mas­sa­chu­setts.

Died: De­cem­ber 6, 1929, Brookline, Mas­sa­chu­setts.

Buried: Mount Auburn Ce­me­te­ry, Cambridge, Mas­sa­chu­setts.


William was the son of Mather Warren and Anna M. Fairfield, and husband of Harriet Cornelia Merrick.

He graduated from Wesleyan Un­i­ver­si­ty in 1853. After some time in Germany, he became Professor of Systematic Theology at the Me­thod­ist Epis­co­pal Mission Institute, Bremen, in 1861. He returned to America in 1866, and became first president of Boston Un­i­ver­si­ty in 1873.

His works in­clude:

  1. Homeward Bound
  2. I Worship Thee, O Holy Ghost