William Conant Church (1836–1917) was an American journalist and soldier.
Church was born in Rochester, New York on August 11, 1836, to the Reverend Pharcellus Church. He was educated in the Boston Latin School. While still a youth, he helped his father edit and publish the New York Chronicle.
Service in the Civil War
In 1863, he and his brother, Francis Pharcellus Church, established The Army and Navy Journal, and in 1866, they founded the Galaxy Magazine. He and George Wood Wingate established the National Rifle Association in 1871, and in 1872 he replaced its first president, the retired general Ambrose Burnside. Church was government commissioner to inspect the Northern Pacific Railroad in 1882. He wrote two biographies, of John Ericsson in 1891, and Ulysses S. Grant in 1899. He published the Army and Navy Journal. In one issue he criticized the USS Monitor's living arrangements, a vessel built by John Ericsson.
Church was also one of the founders of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, an original member of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion, and became a life member and director of the New York Zoological Society.
Church died on May 23, 1917 and his funeral took place at Grace Church in New York.
- Church, William Conant (1911). The Life of John Ericsson
Charles Scribner, New York. pp. 660. E'book
- Holzer, Harold (2013). The Civil War in Fifty Objects. New York. pp. 416.
- NYT Obit (May 24, 1917). "Col. W. C. Church, Editor, Dies at 80". New York Times. http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=FB0714F7395F1B7A93C6AB178ED85F438185F9. Retrieved 4 January 2013.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Gilman, D. C.; Thurston, H. T.; Moore, F., eds (1905). "article name needed". New International Encyclopedia (1st ed.). New York: Dodd, Mead.
- William Conant Church papers, 1863-1909, bulk (1863-1878), at the New York Public Library
- Obituary in the New York Times
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