James Horrocks

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James Horrocks
6th President of the
College of William & Mary
In office
Preceded by William Yates
Succeeded by John Camm
Personal details
Died 1772
Alma mater Trinity College, Cambridge

James Horrocks (died 1772) was an Anglican clergyman, rector of Bruton Parish Church, and the sixth president of the College of William and Mary, from 1764 to 1771.[1]

Horrocks was educated in Wakefield and at Trinity College, Cambridge, graduating BA in 1755 and MA in 1758. He became Usher at Wakefield School in 1757, but had emigrated to the North American colonies by 1762, when he became Minister of Petsworth and Kingston, Virginia. He combined his presidency of William and Mary with rectorship of Williamsburg, Virginia.[2]

Some of Horrock's contemporaries as leaders of colonial colleges were Miles Cooper, President of King's College; Samuel Finley, President of The College of New Jersey; Edward Holyoke, President of Harvard College; James Manning, President of the College in the English Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations; Dr. William Smith, Provost of the College of Philadelphia; and Thomas Clap, Rector of Yale College.


  1. ^ "18th Century Presidents". College of William and Mary. Retrieved 25 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "Horrocks, James (HRKS751J)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 

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