Wilson, William

Wilson, (William Griffith) “Bill W.”

(1895–1971) founder of Alcoholics Anonymous; born in East Dorset, Vt. Alcoholism ran in his family and he suffered from a strong sense of inferiority and separation from other people. He was an artillery officer in World War I and a successful stockbroker during the 1920s, but he found his only true relief in alcohol. He experienced a spiritual recovery from alcoholism in 1934 and founded—with Dr. Robert H. Smith—Alcoholics Anonymous in 1935. Several of the premises and procedures of "AA"—regular meetings of people from all walks of life, identifying oneself only by a first name, full confession of one's weakness and misdeeds, the "12-step program" towards recovery—have been subsequently adopted by many other recovery programs such as Gamblers Anonymous and Overeaters Anonymous. Wilson himself remained known only as "Bill W." until later years when the program began to achieve widespread recognition.

Wilson, William

his Doppelganger irrupts at occasions of duplicity. [Am. Lit.: “William Wilson” in Portable Poe, 57–82]

Wilson, William

his Doppelganger ultimately kills him. [Am. Lit.: “William Wilson” in Portable Poe, 57–82]
See: Doubles
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Among the historical figures to have resided in the Kalorama neighborhood are prominent politicians, including Woodrow Wilson, William Howard Taft, Franklin D.
The list of those included on the new plaque are: Athol Gibson, George M Wilson, William C Loader, Frederick Gibbon, Harry Essery, Douglas Hoult, John Thomas, Charles Probert, Frederick Trump, Lionel Window, William Sweet-Escott, George E Maddocks, John Williams, A Norman Brown, J Trevor Rees, Beresford Vyvyan, Rupert Hoult, Harold Chamen, David C Andrews, John O Boole, C Alan Young, Bertram Spence, Gwilym Lougher, Frank A Cook, Edward Hookway, Oliver J Hughes, Alfred H Howard, Percy Hoult, Alfred Harvey, R Vaughan Cleves, Kenneth Window and Cyril De Clare Yeld.
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He and his immense contributions to the cultural life of his native city have never been forgotten (most recently, Arline Wilson, William Roscoe: Commerce and Culture (Liverpool University Press, 2008)).
WINNERS: Mary King, Nicola Wilson, William Fox-Pitt, Tina Cook and Zara Phillips celebrate with their silver medals.
Despite a strong performance, Tina Cook's single-fault showjumping round and the efforts of team-mates Zara Phillips, Nicola Wilson, William Fox-Pitt and Mary King was not enough to oust European champions and favourites Germany, who took gold.
Bookended by the progressive giants Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, William Howard Taft is most commonly remembered for his immense girth and for the large bathtub he installed in the White House.
For American examples, see Gore Vidal, Edmund Wilson, William Appleman Williams, Sinclair Lewis, and Edward Abbey.
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The Beats and hippie counterculture begot the underground theatre movement, especially the Caffe Cino in New York City, a breeding ground for gay plays by Lanford Wilson, William Hoffman, and Robert Patrick--and Charles Ludlam's frankly camp Ridiculous Theater Company.
As Treasury Secretary under Woodrow Wilson, William Gibbs McAdoo influenced the development and passage of the Federal Reserve Act and oversaw its rapid implementation.