William Dodwell, the second son of Henry Dodwell the elder, was born on 17 June 1709 at Shottesbrooke, Berkshire, and died on 23 October 1785. He was educated at Trinity College, Oxford (BA, 1729; MA, 1732; DD by diploma, 1749), and immediately took orders. He was preferred to the rectory of Shottesbrooke by Arthur Vansittart, his local patron and friend, and soon afterwards became additionally vicar of White Waltham and Bucklesbury in the same county. Dodwell's pamphleteering from an impeccable High Church back-ground combined with his own moderate politics attracted the sympathetic notice of Bishop Thomas Sherlock of Salisbury who, in 1748, nominated him to a prebendal stall in the Cathedral, followed shortly by a residential canonry. His last preferment came in 1763 when he was made Archdeacon of Berkshire.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.