William Sewell

(1804—1874) clergyman and author

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(1804–74), Anglican divine. Educated at Winchester and Merton College, Oxford, where he had a brilliant academic career, he was elected a Fellow of Exeter College in 1827. From 1836 to 1841 he was Professor of Moral Philosophy, publishing in 1840 a significant work, Christian Morals, and in 1845 his popular novel, Hawkstone. He was one of the ablest and most learned of those in general sympathy with the Tractarian movement in its earlier days, though he dissociated himself from it after the publication of Tract 90 in 1841. He remained a High Churchman with a particular interest in education in accordance with Anglican principles. He founded St Columba's College, Rathfarnham, near Dublin, in 1843, in association with a group of Irish High Churchmen, and in 1847, St Peter's College, Radley. He was also the author of many theological and classical writings.

From The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Christianity.

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