William Cleaver Wilkinson
, D.D. (1833-1920) was a Baptist preacher, professor of theology, professor of poetry, and literary figure. He popularized the "Three W's and the Five W's." He graduated from the University of Rochester in 1857 and the Rochester Theological Seminary in 1859. After his graduation, he visited Great Britain and on his return in November 1859, he became pastor of the Wooster Place Baptist church in New Haven, Connecticut. In 1871, he was offered the chair of German language and literature at the University of Michigan. In 1872, he was elected professor of homiletics and pastoral theology at Rochester Theological Seminary, a position which he filled with marked ability. In 1873 he was offered the chair of English literature at the University of Michigan and the University of Rochester conferred upon him the honorary degree of doctor of divinity. He resigned in 1882 after which he devoted himself entirely to literary work. In 1892, he became a professor of poetry and criticism at the University of Chicago. His works include: The Dance of Modern Society (1869), Classic French Course in English (1886) and French Classics (1900).