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John Robinson served as Chancellor of William & Mary from 1714 to 1721, during which he was Bishop of London. He represented both a religious and political figure in 18th century England. 

Robinson oversaw filling a faculty position for the chair in natural philosophy and mathematics and recruited Reverend Hugh Jones, educated at the University of Oxford. Robinson’s hiring of Jones contributed to Jones’s The Present State of Virginia, published in 1724, that provides one of the most holistic reports from the early days of the College.

Preceded by

College of William & Mary Chancellor

Succeeded by

Henry Compton 1707-1713

John Robinson 1714-1721

William Wake 1721-1729


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This website contains the best available information from known sources at the time it was written. Unfortunately, many of the early original records of William & Mary were destroyed by fires, military occupation, and the normal effects of time. The information in this website is not complete, and it changes as we continue to research and uncover new sources.