Born in Jamestown, New York, Feather relocated with his family to Cleveland in 1903. After earning a degree from Western Reserve University in 1910, he began working as a reporter for the Cleveland Press. In 1916, he established the William Feather Magazine. In addition to writing for and publishing that magazine, and writing for other magazines as H.L. Mencken's The American Mercury, he ran a successful printing business, and wrote several books.
His large printing business, William Feather Printers produced catalogues, magazines, booklets, brochures and corporate annual reports. It moved from Cleveland to Oberlin, Ohio in 1982 after a labor dispute.
- As We Were Saying (1921)
- Haystacks and Smokestacks" (1923)
- The ideals and follies of business (1927)
- The New Buying Era (1933)
- Let's Use the Grand Jury" (1934)
- The Business of Life" (1949) Simon and Schuster
- "William A. Feather", The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History
- Thea Gallo Becker (November 2012). Legendary Locals of Cleveland. Arcadia Publishing. p. 55. ISBN 9781467100298.
- Vishnevsky, Zina (27 July 1992). "Plain Dealer obituary". Cleveland Plain Dealer.
- Hathi Trust Digital Library edition 
- "A Purge for the Business Blues (book review)". New York Times. 6 March 1927. ProQuest 104005720.
- "The Ideals and Follies of Business (book review)". Detroit Free Press. 3 July 1927.
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