William Pearce (priest)
Pearce was born on 3 December 1744 and educated at St John’s College, Cambridge. He was Public Orator of Cambridge from 1778 to 1788; and Master of the Temple from 1787 to 1798.  In 1788 he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society.
Pearce was Master of Jesus College, Cambridge from 1789 until his death. He was also Dean of Ely from 1797 until his death.
He died on 14 November 1820.
- "Pearce, William (PR763W)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
- “Visitation of England and Wales Notes, 1903” Howard,J.J Reprinted Heritage , Bowie, Maryland , 1997 ISBN 0788407023
- Royal Society Database, Pearce; William (1744–1820)
- College web site
- Deaths The Times (London, England), Thursday, Nov 16, 1820; pg. 3; Issue 11093
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