| Archbishop of Armagh |
Primate of All Ireland
|Church||Church of Ireland|
|Appointed||21 October 1742|
|Ordination||7 September 1703|
by John Moore
|Consecration||3 September 1727|
by William King
|Died||19 July 1746 67) (aged|
Rathfarnham, Dublin, Kingdom of Ireland
|Parents||Samuel Hoadly & Martha Pickering|
|Previous post(s)|| Bishop of Ferns and Leighlin (1727-1730)|
Archbishop of Dublin (1730-1742)
|Alma mater||St Catharine's College, Cambridge|
John Hoadly (27 September 1678 - 19 July 1746) was an Anglican divine in the Church of Ireland. He served as Bishop of Ferns and Leighlin (1727 to 1730), as Archbishop of Dublin (1730 to 1742), and as Archbishop of Armagh from 1742 until his death.
He was born at Tottenham, Middlesex, 27 September 1678, son of Samuel Hoadly and Martha Pickering, and was a younger brother of Benjamin Hoadly. He was a member of St Catharine's Hall, Cambridge  (B.A. 1697), and in September 1700 was appointed under-master of Norwich grammar school, of which his father was headmaster. After passing some years there he became chaplain to Bishop Gilbert Burnet, who gave him the rectory of St. Edmund's, Salisbury, and made him successively prebendary (21 February 1705–6), archdeacon (6 November 1710), and chancellor (16 April 1713) of Salisbury. The author of a pamphlet The Salisbury Quarrel Ended of 1710, relating to local conflicts, attributed to Hoadly's influence on the High Church party's troubles with Burnet. He was also attacked for his friendship with Thomas Chubb, whose views were considered to be dangerously unorthodox. 
In 1717 Lord King, as chief justice of the common pleas, presented Hoadly to the rectory of Ockham, Surrey; and in 1727 he was consecrated bishop of Leighlin and Ferns. The theologian William Whiston protested because he thought Hoadly ignorant. In July 1729 a vacancy occurred in the archbishopric of Dublin, Hugh Boulter wrote to Sir Robert Walpole in support; and Hoadly was translated to Dublin in January 1730. As archbishop of Dublin, he built the residence of Tallaght at a cost of £2,500. 
In October 1742 Hoadly became Archbishop of Armagh on Boulter's death, the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland, the Duke of Devonshire, who was at court when the news arrived, telling the king that he could not do without him. As primate, he consented to the abolition of restrictions on Roman Catholic services. He was for many years a major force in Irish politics. 
As Archbishop of Armagh, Hoadly served as one of the Lord Justices three times between 1742 and 1746. 
Hoadly died at Rathfarnham, 19 July 1746, of a fever. 
Hoadly's writings consisted of occasional sermons, a pastoral letter on the rebellion of 1745, a defence of Burnet's work on the articles against William Binckes, 1703, and a commentary on Bishop William Beveridge's writings.  In the British Library Catalogue (accessed online 19 November 2012) are:
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This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain : "Hoadly, John (1678-1746)". Dictionary of National Biography . London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.