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William Fowler (May 9, 1830 – August 25, 1865) was the author of the popular Latter-day Saint hymn "We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet". Fowler was born in Australia to an English father, John Fowler, and an Irish mother, Bridget Niel. His father was in the British military, and when Fowler was three his father was relocated to India. When William was nine his father was honorably discharged from the army and the family moved to Sheffield, John Fowler's birthplace. From 1850 to 1854 Fowler served as a missionary in England for the LDS Church.