Thomas Randolph (academic)

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Thomas Randolph

Thomas Randolph D.D. (1701–1783) was an English academic, President of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, [1] and Christian theologian.

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Randolph graduated M.A. and D.D. at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, where he became a Fellow in 1723. He attracted the attention of John Potter, then Bishop of Oxford, who, after he became Archbishop of Canterbury in 1737, gave several preferments to Randolph. He became noted as an orthodox Anglican theologian, and in 1748 was elected President of Corpus. In 1756, he was Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University, until 1759. [2] [3] He was Archdeacon of Oxford from 1767 to 1783.

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He published a number of works on Christian apologetics and theology, including:

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  1. H. E. Salter and Mary D. Lobel, ed. (1954). "Corpus Christi College". A History of the County of Oxford: Volume 3: The University of Oxford. Victoria County History. pp. 219–228. Retrieved July 15, 2011.
  2. "Previous Vice-Chancellors". University of Oxford, UK. Retrieved July 15, 2011.
  3. "Vice-Chancellors from the year 1660". The Oxford University Calendar. University of Oxford. 1817. pp. 27–28. Retrieved July 18, 2011.


Academic offices
Preceded by
John Mather
President of Corpus Christi College, Oxford
Succeeded by
John Cooke
Preceded by
George Huddesford
Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University
Succeeded by
Joseph Browne