Richard Congreve was born in Leamington on 4 September 1818 and died in London on 5 July 1899. He was ordained an evangelical pastor in 1842 and taught at Wadham College, Oxford (1849–54). Congreve was introduced to positivism around 1845 through his friend A.H. Clough and the works of John Stuart Mill. Attending a lecture on positivism in Paris in 1849, Congreve, impressed by what he perceived to be the historical, political and social implications of Auguste Comte's positivist doctrine, soon became one of the leading proponents of Comtean positivism in England. Congreve spent several years studying positivism and corresponding with Comte, eventually leaving Oxford and converting to Comte's ‘religion of humanity’ around 1855.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.