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Sir Richard Hill (1732-1808)

Sir Richard Hill was born in Hawkstone, Shropshire, the eldest son of a wealthy Shropshire baronet and brother of the famous clergyman Rowland Hill. He was educated at Westminster School and Oxford University and travelled widely in Europe as a young man.

In 1757 he was prominent in his support of George Whitefield and the Calvinistic Methodists, and in 1768 attacked his old university for expelling six undergraduates for converting to Methodism. In the early 1770s he played a major part in the disputes between the Calvinistic Methodists and the Arminians.

He was elected to Parliament in 1780 and gained a reputation as a formidable speaker. Hill was a staunch supporter of evangelicalism throughout his life.

Source: Dictionary of National Biography and Dictionary of Evangelical Biography, edited by Donald Lewis (1995)

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