William Hendry Stowell

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William Hendry Stowell (1800–1858) was an English nonconformist minister, college head, writer and periodical editor.


Born at Douglas, Isle of Man, on 19 June 1800, he was son of William Stowell and his wife, Susan Hilton; Hugh Stowell was his cousin. He was one of the first students at the Blackburn Academy, opened in 1816, under Dr. Joseph Fletcher. His first ministerial charge, at St. Andrew's Chapel, North Shields, extended from February 1821 to 1834, when he was appointed head of Rotherham Independent College, and pastor of Masborough congregational church. The latter post he resigned in 1849, and the former in October 1850, on his appointment as president of Cheshunt College.

In 1848 Stowell was the pioneer of the "missions to working men", and took part in the concert-hall lectures established by Nathaniel Caine at Liverpool in 1850. The University of Glasgow conferred on him the degree of D.D. in 1849, in recognition of his theological works.

Stowell resigned from Cheshunt College in 1856, and died at his residence, Roman Road, Barnsbury, London, on 2 January 1858. He married Sarah Hilton in July 1821, and left several children.


He wrote:

  • The Ten Commandments illustrated, 1824.
  • The Missionary Church, 1832.
  • The Miraculous Gifts considered, 1834.
  • History of the Puritans, 1847.
  • The Work of the Spirit, 1849.
  • Memoir of R. W. Hamilton, D.D., 1850, on Richard Winter Hamilton.

He also published discourses and charges, edited the works of Thomas Adams (1847); and, for the monthly series of the Religious Tract Society, wrote:

  • History of Greece, 1848.
  • Lives of Illustrious Greeks, 1849.
  • Life of Mohammed.
  • Julius Cæsar.
  • Life of Isaac Newton.

He was joint editor of the fifth series of the Eclectic Review, and a contributor to the British Quarterly Review and other congregationalist periodicals. A posthumous volume of sermons appeared in 1859, edited by his eldest son, William Stowell (died 1877).


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 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainLee, Sidney, ed. (1898). "Stowell, William Hendry". Dictionary of National Biography. 55. London: Smith, Elder & Co.