Born in East Dorset.
An excessive drinker on the verge of ruin, "Bill" in 1934 experienced a spiritual conviction that he could rid himself of alcoholism by helping other alcoholics.
Having successfully counselled a fellow sufferer, "Doctor Bob S."*, he instituted the well-known self-help group Alcoholics Anonymous.
"AA" meetings are still held in East Dorset's Wilson House, the hotel once run by Bill's mother and in which he was born. A non-profit organization, it still functions as a lodging and eating facility, supported largely by contribution.