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William J. Federer is an American historian, writer, and former evangelical pastor.
Federer was born October 1, 1957, and raised in south St. Louis, Missouri, the fifth of eleven children. He graduated from Saint Louis University in 1980 with a degree in Accounting/Business Administration.
His works include George Washington Carver - His Life and Faith in His Own Words, America's God and Country: Encyclopedia of Quotations, The Faith of FDR, The Ten Commandments and Their Influence on American Law, Three Secular Reasons Why America Should Be Under God, What Every American Needs to Know About the Quran: A History of Islam and the United States.
In 2000, Federer ran unsuccessfully for Minority Leader Dick Gephardt's St. Louis-based seat in Congress.
Federer has signed a November 2009 ecumenical statement known as the Manhattan Declaration: A Call of Christian Conscience.