Nathan Wetherell

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Nathan Wetherell D.D. (1726–1808) was an academic administrator at the University of Oxford. He was Dean of Hereford, Master of University College, Oxford and Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University.[1][2]

Nathan Wetherell was originally from Durham.

As Vice-Chancellor of Oxford, he set up the Oxford Paving Commission in 1771 to supervise paving, cleaning and lighting in the city of Oxford.[3] He supported anti-Calvinism, along with David Durell and Thomas Randolph.[4] Wetherell was a longtime friend of Samuel Johnson.


Wetherell was married to Richarda Croke (1743?–1812), sister of Sir Alexander Croke, of Studley Priory, Oxfordshire. His third son was the judge and Member of Parliament, Sir Charles Wetherell (1770–1846).[5]


  1. ^ "Previous Vice-Chancellors". University of Oxford, UK. Retrieved July 18, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Vice-Chancellors from the year 1660". The Oxford University Calendar. University of Oxford. 1817. pp. 27–28. Retrieved July 18, 2011. 
  3. ^ M. G. Brock & M. C. Curthoys, Nineteenth-century Oxford, page 445.
  4. ^ Nicholas Tyacke, Aspects of English Protestantism, C. 1530–1700, page 24.
  5. ^ David Wetherell, In the double character of politician and divine: Nathan Wetherell and his son Charles at Oxford, 1770–1846, History of Education Review, Volume 32, Number 1, 2003.
Academic offices
Preceded by
John Browne
Master of University College, Oxford
Succeeded by
James Griffith
Preceded by
David Durell
Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University
Succeeded by
Thomas Fothergill