William Henry Channing, an American clergyman, cousin of the preceding, born in Boston, May 25, 1810. His father, Francis Dana Channing, died when he was very young. His early education was received at an academy in Lancaster, Mass., and at the Boston Latin school. He graduated at Harvard college in 1829, and at the Cambridge divinity school in 1883, and was ordained at Cincinnati in 1835. He has been pastor of several religious societies in America, and in 1857 succeeded James Martineau as minister of the Hope street Unitarian chapel, Liverpool, England. He returned home soon after the beginning of the civil war, and was settled for a time as pastor of the Unitarian church in Washington. For many years he took a conspicuous part in the socialistic movement, editing "The Present" and "The Harbinger," and in 1848 was president of the Boston union of associationists. He has been connected with the press as editor of several journals, and as contributor to the "North American Review," the "Dial," and the "Christian Examiner." He has translated Jouffroy's "Ethics" (2 vols., Boston, 1840), and written the "Memoir of William Ellery Channing" (3 vols., Boston, 1848), "Memoirs of the Rev. James II. Perkins" (2 vols., 1851), the "Memoirs of Margaret Fuller Osso-li "(in conjunction with R. W. Emerson and J. F. Clarke, 2 vols., 1852), and a work on "The Christian Church and Social Reform." In 1869-70 he delivered a course of lectures before the Lowell institute, Boston. In 1872 he published in London "The Perfect Life," a posthumous volume of Dr. Channing's sermons, for which he wrote a preface.
At present he lives in England.