Henry Richards (clergyman)

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Rev. Henry Richards (March 1747 – 19 December 1807) was a clergyman and academic administrator at the University of Oxford.

Richards was born in Tawstock, a village in north Devon, southwest England.[1] He was educated at Barnstable School and Exeter College, Oxford from Michaelmas Term 1763, where he gained a BA degree. On 30 June 1763, he was elected as a Fellow at Exeter College. He was awarded a Master of Arts degree on 29 April 1770 and a Bachelor of Divinity on 9 November 1781. Later he was awarded a Doctor of Divinity degree.

On 13 March 1794, Richards became Rector at Bushey, Hertfordshire, within the Diocese of London. On 23 July 1797, he was elected Rector (head) of Exeter College, a post he held until his death on 19 December 1807.[2] While Rector, Richards was also Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University from October 1806 until his death in 1807.[3] In accordance with his Will, he was interred in the chapel at Exeter College and left much of his property to the College.


  1. ^ Taylor, Charles (1808). "Rev. Henry Richards, D. D.". The Literary Panorama, Vol. IV. London: Cox, Son, and Baylis. pp. 1325–1326. Retrieved July 14, 2011. 
  2. ^ H. E. Salter and Mary D. Lobel, ed. (1954). "Exeter College". A History of the County of Oxford: Volume 3: The University of Oxford. Victoria County History. pp. 107–118. Retrieved July 15, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Previous Vice-Chancellors". University of Oxford, UK. Retrieved July 13, 2011. 
Academic offices
Preceded by
Thomas Stinton
Rector of Exeter College, Oxford
Succeeded by
John Cole
Preceded by
Whittington Landon
Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University
Succeeded by
John Parsons