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William Griffith Wilson (1895-1971), Co-Founder, Alcoholics Anonymous.
Born in East Dorset, VT, Bill W served in Europe during World War I after marrying his childhood sweetheart Lois Burnham in early 1918.
He later became a successful stockbroker in New York until alcoholism destroyed his career and nearly his life.
Late in 1934, following a visit by his boyhood friend Ebby T, Bill had a profound spiritual experience while in Towns Hospital in New York.
He continued his spiritual quest by attending Oxford Group meetings in Manhattan. He never had another drink.
Bill spent much time over the next few months fervently trying to pass on his new-found sobriety to drunks in the Bowery.
Though not one of them remained sober, Bill did.

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