William Pearce (priest)

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William Pearce (1744–1820) was an English clergyman and academic, Master of Jesus College, Cambridge from 1789 and Dean of Ely from 1797.[1]


Pearce was born on 3 December 1744 and educated at St John’s College, Cambridge.[1] He was Public Orator of Cambridge from 1778 to 1788; and Master of the Temple from 1787 to 1798. [2] In 1788 he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society.[3]

Pearce was Master of Jesus College, Cambridge from 1789 until his death.[4] He was also Dean of Ely from 1797 until his death.

He died on 14 November 1820.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Pearce, William (PR763W)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  2. ^ “Visitation of England and Wales Notes, 1903” Howard,J.J Reprinted Heritage , Bowie, Maryland , 1997 ISBN 0788407023
  3. ^ Royal Society Database, Pearce; William (1744–1820)
  4. ^ College web site
  5. ^ Deaths The Times (London, England), Thursday, Nov 16, 1820; pg. 3; Issue 11093
Academic offices
Preceded by
Richard Beadon
Cambridge University Orator
Succeeded by
William Lort Mansel
Church of England titles
Preceded by
William Cooke
Dean of Ely
1797 – 1820
Succeeded by
James Wood