At the age of 6, William Congleton and his family left Winchester, Kentucky, and moved to Huntington, West Virginia. He attended Cabell County Schools and upon completion he enlisted in the United States Army. When he was honorably discharged, he settled down to marry and raise a family.
He was employed as an Employment Opportunity Complaints Manager with the United States Postal Service. Late, William became involved in civic activities, which led to his becoming chairperson of the Action Education Committee and chairperson of the Huntington Human Rights Commission. He served as both vice president and president of the NAACP and was listed in ‘Who’s Who Among Black Americans.’
He was an avid supporter of his boyhood friend, Hal Greer, and was chairperson for the Hal Greer Boulevard Dedication Committee to rename 16th Street to Hal Greer Boulevard.