Fenton was born in Lancashire some time in 1565, and died probably in London on 16 January 1615. He was educated at Pembroke Hall, Cambridge, where he received a doctorate in divinity some time before 1601. In that year he was made rector of St Stephen's Walbrook, resigning in 1606 to become vicar of Chigwell and, in 1609, rector of the parish as well. He served as chaplain to Sir Thomas Egerton, the lord chancellor, from around 1604 until an unknown date; possibly as late as 1611, as his A Treatise of Usurie is dedicated to Egerton. He also preached at Gray's Inn and to the Grocers’ Company, and several of his sermons were published posthumously by Emmanuel Utie, who succeeded Fenton in the living of Chigwell. He was among the scholars who worked on the revised version of the Bible.
From The Biographical Dictionary of British Economists in Oxford Reference.