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William Dodd (1729-1777)

William Dodd was the son of a Lincolnshire Vicar. He graduated from Cambridge and moved to London where he hoped to establish himself as a poet. He was ordained in 1751 and was appointed to a curacy in West Ham.

Dodds was a very popular preacher and his charity sermons were particularly successful. He published a number of books including a bible commentary and became the editor of the Christian Magazine. In 1763 he was appointed Chaplain to the King.

He established a chapel in Pimlico which was greatly favoured by the upper class. Despite his success he fell into debt and following a number of scandals was convicted of forgery.

He was hanged on 27 June 1777.

Source: Dictionary of National Biography

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