Famous People from the Cambridgeshire

Whitehead, William (1715-1785)

Poet and playwright, born in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire. He studied at Cambridge, where he became a fellow of Clare Hall in 1742. He travelled as tutor to Lord Jersey's son, became in 1755 secretary of the Order of the Bath, and in 1757 was appointed poet laureate. He wrote tragedies, such as The Roman Father (1750), in imitation of Corneille's Horace, and a comedy, School for Lovers (1762).

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