John Howard Hinton was born in Oxford on 24 March 1791 and died in Bristol on 17 December 1873. His father, James Hinton, one of those who worked for the establishment of a more outgoing and mission-oriented Calvinism, was the Baptist minister in Oxford for some thirty years. John Howard was named by his mother after, and at the request of, John Howard, the prison reformer, after the loss of his own son. His mother, Ann, was a daughter of Isaac Taylor, the engraver, a member of an important Congregational family. Following secondary education in his father's school, Hinton studied some medicine with an Oxford surgeon. Hinton was much influenced by his father's friends in the work of the infant Baptist Missionary Society, John Sutcliffe and Andrew Fuller, who persuaded him to prepare for the Baptist ministry at Bristol College, a judgement endorsed by the membership of the Oxford church. Hinton entered Bristol College in 1811 but proceeded two years later to Edinburgh, where he graduated MA in April 1816. Two years later, in 1818, he married Eliza, only daughter of the Revd Isaiah Birt, then minister of the Cannon Street Church in Birmingham, and two sons were born of the marriage.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.