Term: Adams, William 1813 - 1897
Episcopal clergyman, b. Monaghan, Prov. of Ulster, Ireland. He graduated from Trinity College, Dublin. He migrated to the U.S. in 1838, graduated from General Theological Seminary, New York, in 1841, and in the same year was sent to Wisconsin with J. L. Breck (q.v.) and others of his classmates to do missionary work. Here he was one of the founders of Nashotah House (1842), a theological seminary near Milwaukee. Except for a brief absence in the East, he was associated with Nashotah from 1842 until his retirement in 1893, taking a prominent part in the affairs of the Wisconsin diocese and of the general conventions of the Church. He had charge of the Delafield and Pine Lake churches (1878-1886). Adams wrote several theological works, including Mercy to Babes (1847). C. Breck, comp., Life of . . . J. L. Breck (New York, 1883); J. H. Egar, Story of Nashotah (Milwaukee, 1874); Wis. Mag. Hist., 16; Milwaukee Sentinel, Jan. 3, 1897; WPA MS.
The Wisconsin Historical Society has manuscripts related to this topic. See the catalog description of the William Adams Speech for details.
[Source: Dictionary of Wisconsin biography]