William Otter

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William Otter
Bust of William Otter in Chichester Cathedral

The Right Reverend William Otter (23 October 1768 – 20 August 1840) was the first Principal of King's College London who later served as Bishop of Chichester.[1] He was educated at Jesus College, Cambridge where he was later made a fellow.[2] He was appointed Principal of the newly established King's College London in 1831, and held the post until 1836 when he was appointed Bishop of Chichester. In 1804 he married Nancy Sadleir Bruere, daughter of George Bruere, British Governor of Bermuda.

Otter's son, William Bruère Otter was an Archdeacon of Lewes, who had in turn a son called William, a naval officer who served in Sydney, Australia.[3][4]


  1. ^ "The first Principals of King's College London". Retrieved 2008-11-30. 
  2. ^ "Otter, William (OTR785W)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  3. ^ Letter of Midshipman William Otter
  4. ^ [1]
Academic offices
Preceded by
New position
Principal of King's College London
Succeeded by
Hugh James Rose
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Edward Maltby
Bishop of Chichester
Succeeded by
Philip Nicholas Shuttleworth