John Williams was born in Northamptonshire and died in London on 24 April 1709. He was educated at Magdalen Hall, Oxford, graduating BA in 1655 and MA in 1658, and was incorporated at Cambridge in 1660, being awarded a DD there in 1690. Williams became rector of St Mildred's Poultry in London in 1673 and prebend of Rugmere in St Paul's in 1683. After the accession of William and Mary he became a royal chaplain and prebend of Canterbury. In 1696 he became Bishop of Chichester.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.