Born: March 26, 1841, Liverpool, England.
Died: October 26, 1918, London, England.
Buried: Westminster Abbey, London, England.
William was the son of Henry Carpenter of Liverpool, perpetual curate of St Michael’s Church, Aigburth, and Hester Boyd of Derry. He married twice, to Harriet Charlotte Peers (1864) and Annie Maude Gardner (1883).
Carpenter was educated at St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge (BA 1864), and ordained by Archbishop Longley.
He cultivated royalty, becoming chaplain to Queen Victoria and Clerk to the Closet of Edward VII and George V. He served as Bishop of Ripon, 1884–1911.
Among other things, he ran his own Clergy School where he gave tuition in preaching. Geoffrey Studdert-Kennedy was one of his pupils.
Carpenter advocated a national system for old age pensions long before it became practical politics, and founded the Victoria Fund to provide pensions for the clergy.