Capers, William Theodotus (1867–1943)

By: DuBose Murphy

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: December 1, 1994

William Theodotus Capers, second bishop of the Diocese of West Texas of the Protestant Episcopal Church, was born in Greenville, South Carolina, on August 9, 1867, the son of Ellison and Charlotte (Palmer) Capers. He was educated at South Carolina College in 1885 and graduated from Furman University in 1887. He received his M.A. from the University of Kentucky and in 1894 graduated from the Virginia Theological Seminary. He held positions in various churches in South Carolina, Mississippi, North Carolina, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania, from 1895 to 1914. Capers was elected bishop coadjutor of the Diocese of West Texas and was consecrated on May 1, 1914. Upon the retirement of Bishop James Steptoe Johnston in 1914, Capers became bishop of the diocese and served in that capacity until his death. He married Rebecca Holt Bryan and, after her death, Mrs. Louis Cash Myers. He died in San Antonio on March 29, 1943, after being hospitalized for a week at Santa Rosa Hospital. He is buried in Mission Burial Park.

San Antonio Express, March 30, April 1, 1943. Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.
  • Religion
  • Protestant Episcopal

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

DuBose Murphy, “Capers, William Theodotus,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 29, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

December 1, 1994