|Doane in 1896|
|Photo accompanying his obituary|
What some of his friends described as eccentricity in dress caused those who saw the Bishop for the first time to pause. He not infrequently wore knickerbockers, with black buttoned jersey leggings, from below which the tips of big silver buckles on broad and low shoes could be seen. His hat had the sides laced up, and when not wearing an overcoat the hem of an apron was visible, and from his neck depended a pectoral cross. These habiliments were taken by some to mean that Bishop Doane was exclusively of the High Church wing of his denomination. . . .
During his travels abroad, it is said he registered himself as "William of Albany," after the fashion of the English Bishops. His house in Albany bears evidence of his liking of things English. The heavy entrance door of oak with antique hinges bears the inscription, "Bishop's House."Gossips Note: Because Bishop Doane's middle name was Croswell, it seemed possible that he might somehow be related to Harry Croswell, the notarious editor of The Wasp in Hudson who, after his ill-fated forays into publishing, abandoned the fourth estate for the second estate and became an Episcopal priest. It turns out, however, that William Croswell Doane was named for this father's best friend, William Croswell.