William Fraser McDowell
William earned the A.B. degree in 1879 from Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio. He earned an S.T.B. degree at Boston University in 1882. While at Ohio Wesleyan, McDowell was the founding editor of The Phi Gamma Delta magazine.
From 1882 until 1890, Rev. McDowell served these appointments as an Ordained Minister of the North Ohio Annual Conference of the M.E. Church: Lodi, Ohio (1882–83), Oberlin, Ohio (1883–85), and Tiffin, Ohio (1885–90).
In 1899 he became the Corresponding Secretary of the Board of Education of the M.E. Church, serving until his election to the Episcopacy. He also became a member of the International Committee of the Young Men's Christian Association.
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As a Bishop, McDowell also served as President of the Religious Education Society (1905–06). He was a Yale lecturer on preaching, and was noted as a preacher to preachers.
- "Phi Gamma Delta's Monuments and Historic Sites". The Archives of Phi Gamma Delta. Retrieved 2011-07-22.
- "McDowell, William Fraser" in The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge, Samuel Macauley Jackson, D.D., LL.D., Editor-in-Chief, Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House, 1954. 
- Methodism: Ohio Area (1812–1962), edited by John M. Versteeg, Litt. D., D.D. (Ohio Area Sesquicentennial Committee, 1962).
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