Bacon, William a Presbyterian (N. S.) minister, was born in Cherry Valley, N. Y., August, 1789, and graduated at Union College in 1815. He studied theology with Drs. Nott and Yates, and was ordained by the Presbytery of Buffalo in 1817. He served as pastor at Waterloo, Cayuga, Cortland, and Saratoga Springs, and as missionary in Troy, N.Y., and Philadelphia, Pa., and New Orleans, La. His later years were spent in retirement and affliction, but not in idleness; his time was taken up in writing for the press. Besides numerous contributions to periodicals, he published Tracts on Episcopacy, Old and New School Presbyterianism, Salvation made Sure, Salvation in Earnest, etc. He died April 2, 1863. — Wilson, Presbyterian Hist. Almanac, 1864, p. 283.