William Adams (1813-? ) was an American educator and author, born and educated in Ireland. In 1838 he moved to America and entered the General Theological Seminary in New York. He graduated in 1841 and was sent as a missionary to Wisconsin. He was one of the founders of Nashotah House and was professor of systematic divinity. His works include: Mercy to Babes: A Plea for the Christian Baptism of Infants (1847), The Elements of Christian Science (1850) and A New Treatise on Baptismal Regeneration (1871).