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Rev William Wilberforce Newton

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Rev William Wilberforce Newton

Birth
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death
24 Jun 1914 (aged 70)
Brookline, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial
Jamaica Plain, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA Add to Map
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"FORMER PITTSFIELD PASTOR IS DEAD

Rev. William Wilberforce Newton Was in St. Stephen's Church 20 Years.

Boston, June 27-Rev. Dr. William Wilberforce Newton, a prominent preacher and scholar of the Protestant Episcopal diocese of Massachusetts and for 20 years pastor of St. Stephen's Church, Pittsfield, is dead in his home, 55 Marion Street, Brookline. Dr. Newton was forced to resign the rectorship of the Pittsfield church in 1905 because of paralysis of the vocal chords.

He was born in Philadelphia, Nov. 4, 1843, was graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1865, and in 1869 was ordained to the priesthood. After holding the assistant rectorship of the Church of the Epiphany, Philadelphia, from 1868 to 1870, he came to St. Paul's Church, Brookline, where he remained until 1875. At Trinity Church, Newark, N. J., he was rector for two years, and from 1877 to 1882 held that position in St. Paul's Church in this city, from which he went to Pittsfield. He built a new edifice in the last named place.

The Rev. Dr. Newton was interested in the unity of church work and organized the American Congress of Churches, which met in Hartford in 1885, and in Cleveland the following year. He was the author of a large number of interesting books, of which his "Story of a Visit to Tolstoi" was perhaps the most widely read. Other volumes included "The Vine Out of Egypt," "Essays of Today," "A Run through Russia," and "Summer Sermons from a Berkshire Pulpit."

Among several poems, a hymn in honor of Abraham Lincoln, written in 1908 and dedicated to Dr. Martin G. Brumbaugh, superintendent of the public schools of Philadelphia, was one of the most interesting.

He married Emily Stevenson Cooke of Philadelphia, Nov. 16, 1870. Rev. Dr. Richard Heber Newton, formerly of Leland Stanford University, and for years rector of All Souls' Church, New York city, is a brother. The daughter of Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Newton was married to Harold Pratt Sawtelle of Hartford, Conn., last week Wednesday."

The Springfield Union. 28 June 1914
"FORMER PITTSFIELD PASTOR IS DEAD

Rev. William Wilberforce Newton Was in St. Stephen's Church 20 Years.

Boston, June 27-Rev. Dr. William Wilberforce Newton, a prominent preacher and scholar of the Protestant Episcopal diocese of Massachusetts and for 20 years pastor of St. Stephen's Church, Pittsfield, is dead in his home, 55 Marion Street, Brookline. Dr. Newton was forced to resign the rectorship of the Pittsfield church in 1905 because of paralysis of the vocal chords.

He was born in Philadelphia, Nov. 4, 1843, was graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1865, and in 1869 was ordained to the priesthood. After holding the assistant rectorship of the Church of the Epiphany, Philadelphia, from 1868 to 1870, he came to St. Paul's Church, Brookline, where he remained until 1875. At Trinity Church, Newark, N. J., he was rector for two years, and from 1877 to 1882 held that position in St. Paul's Church in this city, from which he went to Pittsfield. He built a new edifice in the last named place.

The Rev. Dr. Newton was interested in the unity of church work and organized the American Congress of Churches, which met in Hartford in 1885, and in Cleveland the following year. He was the author of a large number of interesting books, of which his "Story of a Visit to Tolstoi" was perhaps the most widely read. Other volumes included "The Vine Out of Egypt," "Essays of Today," "A Run through Russia," and "Summer Sermons from a Berkshire Pulpit."

Among several poems, a hymn in honor of Abraham Lincoln, written in 1908 and dedicated to Dr. Martin G. Brumbaugh, superintendent of the public schools of Philadelphia, was one of the most interesting.

He married Emily Stevenson Cooke of Philadelphia, Nov. 16, 1870. Rev. Dr. Richard Heber Newton, formerly of Leland Stanford University, and for years rector of All Souls' Church, New York city, is a brother. The daughter of Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Newton was married to Harold Pratt Sawtelle of Hartford, Conn., last week Wednesday."

The Springfield Union. 28 June 1914


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