William Alfred Quayle,
Methodist Bishop

William Alfred Quayle (25 June 1860 – March 9, 1925) was an American Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church, elected in 1908.


Birth and Family

William was born June 25, 1860 in Parkville, Missouri, the son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Gayle) Quayle. William married Allie Hancock Davis 28 January 1886. They had a son, William R. Quayle, and a daughter, Allie Gayle Quayle.

William earned the A.B. degree (1885) and the A.M. degree (1888) from Baker University. He then earned his Ph.D. degree (1892) from Allegheny College.

Ordained and Academic Ministry
William served as a Tutor at Baker University (1883-84), then as an Adjunct Professor of Ancient Languages (1885). He was ordained to the ministry of the M.E. Church in 1886. He then received the appointment of Professor of Greek Language (1887-90), and as President of Baker University (1890-94).

The Rev. Dr. Quayle was appointed Pastor of an M.E. Church in Kansas City, Missouri in 1894. He was appointed to Indianapolis, Indiana in 1897. He was sent back to Kasas City, MO in 1900. He then was appointed Pastor of the St. James M.E. Church in Chicago in 1904, serving there until his election to the episcopacy.

The Rev. Dr. Quayle was elected a delegate to M.E. General Conferences in 1896 and 1908. He was also a Fraternal Delegate to the English Wesleyan Church in 1902.

Episcopal Ministry
The Rev. Dr. Quayle was elected to the episcopacy of the M.E. Church by the 1908 General Conference. He was assigned to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma as his Episcopal Residence. He also served St. Paul, Minnesota.
As a Bishop he attended the Ecumenical Conference of 1911. He also was a member of the Joint Hymnal Revision Committee of American Methodism.

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