Benjamin Parsons Symons

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Benjamin Parsons Symons (28 January 1785 – 12 April 1878) was an academic administrator at the University of Oxford in England.

Benjamin Symons was born in Cheddar, Somerset, the son of John Symons of Cheddar.[1] He matriculated at Wadham College, Oxford, on 2 February 1802, was admitted as a scholar on 25 October 1803. He graduated with a BA degree on 14 October 1805 and received an MA degree on 7 July 1810. He was elected a Probationer Fellow at Wadham College on 30 June 1811 and was admitted as a Fellow on 2 July 1812. He graduated with a Bachelor of Divinity on 22 April 1819. He was bursar of the College from 1814 to 1823, after which he became sub-warden. On 23 January 1831 he obtained the degree of Doctor of Divinity and on 16 June of that year he was elected Warden of the College.[2] He was Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University from 1844 to 1848.[3] He resigned the wardenship on 18 October 1871, but continued to reside in Oxford until his death in 1878.

Symons did not follow the high-church Anglican Oxford Movement prevalent at Oxford, and was regarded as the leader of the evangelical wing in later life.[1] He was buried in the ante-chapel at Wadham College and bequeathed £1,000 to the College to establish an exhibition. His portrait was hung in the College hall.


  1. ^ a b  Carlyle, Edward Irving (1898). "Symons, Benjamin Parsons". In Lee, Sidney. Dictionary of National Biography 55. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 
  2. ^ "Wardens of Wadham". Wadham College, Oxford, UK. Retrieved July 13, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Previous Vice-Chancellors". University of Oxford, UK. Retrieved July 13, 2011. 

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Academic offices
Preceded by
William Tournay
Warden of Wadham College, Oxford
Succeeded by
John Griffiths
Preceded by
Philip Wynter
Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University
Succeeded by
Frederick Charles Plumptre