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Lawyer, theologian, and social critic.

William Stringfellow was born in Johnston, Rhode Island on April 26, 1928. He received his higher education at Bates College, A.B., 1949, London School of Economics and Political Science, 1950, and Harvard Law School, LL.B., 1956; and served in the U.S. Army from 1952-1953 where he attained the rank of Sergeant First Class. He was very active in student Christian youth movements throughout this time. A lawyer in East Harlem from 1957 to 1967, he was a pioneer among the advocates of the war on poverty. In 1966, after a prolonged illness, he moved to Block Island, R.I. where he concentrated on ecclesiastical matters. He contributed regularly to theological and legal journals, was a guest lecturer at leading universities, law schools, and seminaries, and authored or co-authored at least fourteen books. He died on March 2, 1985.