William Mercer Green

William Mercer Green, an American bishop of the Protestant Episcopal church, born in Wilmington, N. C, May 2, 1798. He graduated at the university of his native state in 1818, studied for the ministry, and was ordained in 1820. He was appointed professor of rhetoric in the university of North Carolina in 1837, and was elected first bishop of Mississippi in 1849, and consecrated Feb. 24, 1850. Bishop Green was among the founders of the "University of the South," at Suwanee, Tenn., in 1858, and became its chancellor in 1866, which post he still occupies (1874). He has published a "Memoir of Bishop Ravenscroft," and "Sermons on Apostolic Succession and Baptismal Regeneration."

William Miller

William Miller, an American religionist, born in Pittsfield, Mass., in 1781, died in Low Hampton, Washington co., N. Y., Dec. 20, 1849. In the war of 1812 he was captain of a company organized to protect the northern frontier. He was a farmer, whose early facilities for education were slight, and he seems never to have been master of what are usually deemed the requisite resources for Biblical criticism; but in 1833 he began to lecture on the speedy second coming of Christ, announcing, in accordance with his interpretation of the prophecies, that the earth was to be destroyed in 1843. Even the day was specified, if not by himself, by some of his principal followers. His earnest and confident manner attracted attention, his Scriptural and historical arguments seemed to many erudite and cogent, and after a few years of constant travel and preaching his disciples were reckoned at from 30,000 to 50,000. (See Second Adventists).

William Milne

William Milne, an English missionary, horn in the latter part of the last centurv, died in China in 1822. In 1813 he visited China under the auspices of the London missionary society, and during the next two years travelled extensively through that country, Malacca, and the chief islands of the Indian archipelago, distributing many thousand tracts and Testaments among the natives. He subsequently established himself in Malacca, and founded a missionary station, which became one of the most important in eastern Asia. He continued to circulate the Scriptures, and also superintended the publication of religious works and of a monthly magazine. In 1817 he was again in China, where he projected the plan of an Anglo-Chinese college, aided in translating the Old Testament into Chinese, and originated the " Indo-Chinese Gleaner," a quarterly publication. He died in the midst of his labors. He is the author of a "Retrospect of the Protestant Mission to China".

William Morgan

See Anti-Masonry.

William Morris Hunt

William Morris Hunt, an American painter, born in Brattleboro, Vt., March 31,1824. He entered Harvard college in 1840, but went to Europe on account of his health before the completion of his course, and in 1846 entered the academy at Dusseldorf, with the intention of studying sculpture. At the expiration of nine months he went to Paris, and in 1848 became a pupil of Couture. In 1855 he returned to the United States, and has since resided at Newport, R. I. His paintings comprise portraits, history, and genre, and among the most successful are several representing pieturesque types of city life in Paris, of which the artist published a series of lithographs executed by himself in 1859. Among his later works are the " Morning Star," and the " Drummer Boy " and the " Bugle Call," illustrating incidents in the civil war.