William F. Faber (Episcopal bishop)

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The Right Reverend

William F. Faber

Bishop of Montana
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ChurchEpiscopal Church
In office1916-1934
PredecessorLeigh Richmond Brewer
SuccessorHerbert H. H. Fox
Personal details
Born(1860-02-27)February 27, 1860
Buffalo, New York, United States
DiedJuly 21, 1934(1934-07-21) (aged 74)
Glacier National Park, Montana, United States
SpouseDorothea J. Kniest
Alma materHobart College

William Frederic Faber (27 February 1860 - 21 July 1934) was bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Montana from 1916 to 1934.

Early life and education[edit]

Faber was born at Buffalo, New York on February 27, 1860, the son of Theobald and Caroline W. Faber. He attended public schools in Buffalo and graduated from the University of Rochester in 1880. He attended Auburn Theological Seminary from 1880-1883. He graduated with a Masters of Arts from Hobart College in 1898 and gained a Doctorate of Divinity from the University of Rochester in 1905.[1]

Ordained ministry[edit]

In 1883 Faber was ordained priest in the Presbyterian Church. He joined the Episcopal Church in 1892 serving his ordination as assistant of St Peter's Church in Geneva, New York. In 1893 he was appointed as rector of Grace Church in Lockport, New York. From 1905 till 1914 he served as rector of St John's Church in Detroit. [2]


In 1914, Faber was elected Coadjutor Bishop of Montana and succeeded as diocesan in 1916 after the death of Bishop Leigh Richmond Brewer.


On July 23, 1934 the body of Bishop Faber was discovered in Glacier National Park in Montana after he got lost. Bishop Faber had been missing since July 20. His body was discovered by Ranger Clyde Fauley. [3]

Personal life[edit]

Faber married Dorothea J. Kniest of Buffalo on June 26, 1883. they had 2 children. Dorothea died in 1895.


  1. ^ (1935). The Living Church Annual, p. 433. Morehouse-Gorham Company, Milwaukee.
  2. ^ "William F. Faber papers, 1909-1931", Archivegrid. Retrieved on 25 September 2018.
  3. ^ Minetor, R. (2016). Death in Glacier National Park: Stories of Accidents and Foolhardiness in the Crown of the Continent, pp. 162-164. Rowman & Littlefield, Guildford, CT. ISBN 1493025473.

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