William Dawson (college president)
|2nd President of the
College of William & Mary
|Preceded by||James Blair|
|Succeeded by||William Stith|
|Alma mater||Queen's College, Oxford|
Reverend William Dawson (1704?–1752) was the second president of The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. A graduate of the Queen's College at Oxford University, Dawson ran the College from 1743–1752. He is also the brother of Thomas Dawson, who was the fourth president of William & Mary (1755–1760).
Dawson was also an Anglican clergyman, a rector at the Jamestown Parish, a commissary of the Bishop of London, a moral philosophy professor at William and Mary, a poet, a chaplain of the House of Burgesses, and a member of the Governor's Council.
Reverend Dawson and his brother together are the namesakes for Dawson Hall in the Bryan Complex at William & Mary.
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