Waite, William a minister of the Congregational Church, was born at Idle, England, Jan. 6, 1825. His first religious impressions were received under the ministry of Rev. J. Stringer, of Idle, whose Church he joined, and by whom, with the concurrence of the entire Church, he was sent to Airedale College, in January, 1847. He spent five years there in the acquisition of knowledge and in preparation for tile work of the ministry. He left college at Christmas in 1851; settled at Bacup, Jan. 1; was ordained in May; and died in September, 1852. During a ministry of a little over one year the Church grew rapidly. His death was greatly regretted. "A most pious, devoted, laborious, intelligent, faithful man; he was a truly serious, earliest, and energetic preacher of the Gospel." See (Lond.) Cong. Year-book, 1853, p. 232.