John Edwards was born in Hertford and died in Cambridge on 16 April 1716. He entered St John's College, Cambridge at the age of seventeen, graduated BA in 1657, was elected a Fellow in 1659 and proceeded MA in 1661. During the next twenty years Edwards preached and lectured at churches in and around Cambridge, sometimes serving as parish minister as well. He lived on and off at St John's for a while, taking a BD in 1668. Then, because of his Calvinism, he had to resign his Fellowship, and entered Trinity Hall as a Fellow commoner. In 1683 he was presented to the vicarage of St Peter's in Colchester; but he only kept this position three years when declining health forced him to retire to a village near Cambridge. Having given up preaching, Edwards then started writing in earnest. In 1697 he moved back to Cambridge, took a DD in 1699, began preaching again (though only occasionally) and continued his writing. During the next nineteen years he published many books, several in multiple volumes, as well as a number of pamphlets and sermons.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.