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Syedna Ibrahim Wajiuddin

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unknown1738-17561756
was the 39th Dai of Dawoodi Bohra (Shia Islam). He succeeded the 38th Dai Syedna Ismail Badruddin II to the religious post. Ibrahim Wajiuddin became Da'i al-Mutlaq in 11738. His period of Dawat was from 1738-1756 AD. Said to have ended a drought simply by praying. He was succeeded by his son 40th Dai Syedna Hebatullah-il-Moayed- Fiddeen.
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William Wake

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1657, Jan 261716-17371737, Jan 24
a priest and Archbishop of Canterbury in the Church of England from 1716 until his death in 1737. His writings are numerous, the chief being his State of the Church and Clergy of England, historically deduced (London, 1703). In these writings he produced a massive defence of Anglican Orders and again disproved the Nag's Head Fable by citing a number o...
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Franz von Waldeck

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14911553, Jul 15
Prince-Bishop of Münster, Osnabrück, and Minden in the Lower Rhenish–Westphalian Circle of the Holy Roman Empire. He suppressed the Münster Rebellion, a millenarian Anabaptist theocratic insurrection which occupied the fortified city of Münster. When the Lutheran movement gave way to the radical Anabaptists in the annual council election on 23 Februar...
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Peter Walkden

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1684, Oct 161769, Nov 5
an English Presbyterian minister and diarist. His diary for the years 1725, 1729, and 1730, the only portion which has survived, was published in 1866 by William Dobson of Preston.
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John Walker [1]

borndied
unknown1588
an English churchman, archdeacon of Essex from 1571. Walker wrote a dedicatory epistle to Certaine Godlie Homilies or Sermons, translated by Robert Norton from Rodolph Gualter, London, 1573.
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Thomas Walkington

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unknown1621
an English cleric and author. Walkington was author of a book that anticipated Robert Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy. It was entitled 'The Optick Glasse of Humors'. Walkington was also author of 'An Exposition of the two first verses of the sixth chapter to the Hebrews'.
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Johan Olof Wallin

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1779, Oct 151837-18391839, Jun 30
a Swedish minister, orator, poet and later Lutheran Church of Sweden Archbishop of Uppsala, Sweden between 1837-1839. He is most remembered today for his hymns. Besides hymns, Wallin wrote several secular poems highly praised in his time. He also published several sermons and speeches.
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Carl Ferdinand Wilhelm Walther

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1811, Oct 251837-18781887, May 7
the first President of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (from 1847–1850) and its most influential theologian. He is commemorated by that church on its Calendar of Saints on May 7. He has been described as a man who sacrificed his homeland, his health, and nearly his life for the freedom to speak freely, to believe freely, and to live freely. He was ded...
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Seth Ward

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16171689, Jan 6
an English mathematician, astronomer, and bishop. King Charles II appointed him to the livings of St Lawrence Jewry in London, and Uplowman, Devonshire, in 1661. He also became dean of Exeter Cathedral (1661) and rector of St Breock, Cornwall in 1662. In the latter year he was consecrated Bishop of Exeter, and in 1667 he was translated to the see of Salisbur...
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Jane Wardley

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unknown1747-1810unknown
also known as Mother Jane Wardley is the founder of the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, more commonly known as Shakers. Wardley and her husband were devout members of the Society of friends, also known as Quakers. However, around 1747 Wardley began to have visions from God telling her to go about her town teaching the truth about th...
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William Warham

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1450 ca1532, Aug 22
the Archbishop of Canterbury from 1503 to his death. In 1502, he was consecrated Bishop of London and became Keeper of the Great Seal, but his tenure of both offices was short, as in 1504, he became Lord Chancellor and Archbishop of Canterbury. In 1506, he became Chancellor of Oxford University, a role he held until his death. In 1509, he married and then c...
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Thomas Warton the Elder

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1688 ca1745, Sep 10
an English clergyman and schoolmaster, known as the second professor of poetry at Oxford, a position he owed to Jacobite sympathies. Warton was a writer of occasional verse, but published none collectively in his lifetime.
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Thomas Watson [2]

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1620 ca1646-1670s1686
an English, Nonconformist, Puritan preacher and author. He showed strong Presbyterian views during the civil war, with, however, an attachment to the king, and in 1651 he was imprisoned briefly with some other ministers for his share in Christopher Love's plot to recall Charles II of England. Upon the Declaration of Indulgence in 1672 he obtained a licence t...
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Gilbert Watts

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unknown1657
Gilbert was born at Rotherham, Yorkshire. He studied for a few terms at Cambridge, and on his admission as batler or servitor at Lincoln College, Oxford, in 1607, he was permitted to reckon them towards qualifying for a degree (Oxford Univ. Reg. ii. i. 371). He graduated B.A. on 28 Jan. 1610–1611, M.A. on 7 July 1614, was elected a fellow in 1621, and beca...
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Robert Wauchope [1]

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1500 ca1539-15511551
the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Armagh from 1539 to 1551. Wauchope worked as a theologian in Rome, and was probably not consecrated until the death of his predecessor in the See of Armagh, George Cromer, in 1543. Cromer was suspected of heresy by the Holy See, and was deposed by Henry VIII during the Protestant Reformation. The King appointed George Dowdall...
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Francis Webb

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1735, Sep 181815, Aug 2
an English writer. He entered the nonconformist ministry, became pastor of the congregation at Honiton, and on 27 September 1758 was inducted assistant to Joseph Burroughs, minister of the general baptist congregation at Paul's Alley, London. On the death of Burroughs, on 23 Nov. 1761, Webb undertook the sole charge.
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Thomas William Webb

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1807, Dec 141829-18851885, May 19
a British astronomer. Through his career T. W. Webb served as a clergyman at various places including Gloucester, and finally in 1852 was assigned to the parish of Hardwicke near the border with Wales. In addition to serving faithfully the members of his parish, T. W. Webb pursued astronomical observation in his spare time. It was at Hardwick that he wrote h...
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William Webster

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16891758
a British clergyman in the Church of England and a theological writer. Webster was a voluminous writer. In 1723 he edited The Life of General Monk. In 1740, from materials furnished by a merchant, Webster published a pamphlet on the wool industry called Consequences of Trade to the Wealth and Strength of any Nation, by a Draper of London.
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Godefroy Wendelin

aka: Godefroy, Godefroid, Gottfried, Govaert Wendelen, Godefridus Wendelinus, Vendelinus
bornactivedied
1580, Jun 61599-16521667, Oct 24
a Flemish astronomer. The crater Vendelinus on the Moon is named after him. Around 1630 he measured the distance between the Earth and the Sun using the method of Aristarchus of Samos. The value he calculated was 60% of the true value. Wendelinus was credited with recognizing that Kepler's third law applied to the satellites of Jupiter.
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John Wesley

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1703, Jun 171791, Mar 2
an Anglican cleric and theologian who, with his brother Charles and fellow cleric George Whitefield, founded Methodism. Educated at Charterhouse School and Christ Church, Oxford, Wesley was elected a fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford in 1726 and ordained a priest two years later. He led the "Holy Club", a society formed for the purpose of study and the pursu...
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Thomas West [2]

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17201779, Jul 10
a Jesuit priest, antiquary and author, significant in being one of the first to write about the attractions of the Lake District. Partly through his book, A Guide to the Lakes, the Romantic vision of the scenery and wilderness of the north of England took hold, ushering in a period of continued tourism in the Lakes.
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Edward Weston

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15661635
an English Roman Catholic priest and controversialist. In Reims he began a course of lectures on cases of conscience. In 1593 the college moved to Douai, where Weston lectured in divinity for about ten years. Later he went on mission in England, returning to Douai on 23 September 1612. He maintained a correspondence with Cardinal Robert Bellarmine, who held ...
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Deborah Fisher Wharton

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17951888
an American Quaker minister, suffragist, social reformer and proponent of women's rights, and the mother of industrialist Joseph Wharton. She was one of a small group of dedicated Quakers who founded Swarthmore College. She was a contemporary and friend of Lucretia Mott and had many of Mott's sympathies but did not actively pursue the women's rights cause, r...
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John Wheelwright

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1592 ca1679, Nov 15
a Puritan clergyman in England and America, and was most noted for being banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony during the Antinomian Controversy, and for subsequently establishing the town of Exeter, New Hampshire. Born in Lincolnshire, England, he was raised in a family with substantial means, and received both a B.A. and M.A. at Sidney Sussex College,...
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William White [2]

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1748, Apr 41770-18361836, Jul 17
the first and fourth Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church of the United States (1789; 1795–1836), the first bishop of the Diocese of Pennsylvania (1787–1836), and the second United States Senate Chaplain (appointed December 9, 1790). He also served as the first and fourth President of the House of Deputies for the General Convention of the Episcopal ...
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George Whitefield

aka: Whitfield
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1714, Dec 161770, Sep 30
an English Anglican cleric who was one of the founders of Methodism and the evangelical movement. Whitefield received widespread recognition during his ministry; he preached at least 18,000 times to perhaps 10 million listeners in Great Britain and the American colonies. Whitefield could enthrall large audiences through a potent combination of drama, religio...
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John Whitgift

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1530 ca1583-16041604, Feb 29
the Archbishop of Canterbury for the Church of England from 1583 to his death. Noted for his hospitality, he was somewhat ostentatious in his habits, sometimes visiting Canterbury and other towns attended by a retinue of 800 horses. Whitgift's theological views were often controversial.
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Edward Wigglesworth

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1693 ca1765
a clergyman, teacher and theologian in Colonial America. His father was clergyman and author Michael Wigglesworth (1631–1705). He graduated Harvard College in 1710 and in 1722 he was appointed to the newly created Hollis Chair, thereby becoming the first divinity professor commissioned in the American colonies. He died on January 16, 1765 at age 73 after h...
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Michael Wigglesworth

borndied
16311705
a Puritan minister, doctor and poet whose poem The Day of Doom was a bestseller in early New England. Wigglesworth believed that he was essentially not worthy of believing in God as a result of his depraved humanity. When he underwent a series of nocturnal emissions in his early life, he was thereafter convinced of his damnation. Through his diaries, ...
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John Wilkins

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1614, Feb 141637-16681672, Nov 19
an Anglican clergyman, natural philosopher and author, and was one of the founders of the Royal Society. He was Bishop of Chester from 1668 until his death. He is particularly known for An Essay towards a Real Character and a Philosophical Language (1668) in which, amongst other things, he proposed a universal language and a decimal system of measures which ...
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Andrew Willet

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15621621, Dec 4
an English clergyman and controversialist. A prolific writer, he is known for his anti-papal works. His views were Calvinist, conforming and non-separatist, and he appeared as a witness against Edward Dering before the Star-chamber. Joseph Hall (who knew him well) eulogised Willet in Noah's Dove, and Thomas Fuller modelled 'the Controversial Divine' of his H...
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King William III

aka: King Billy, Willem III
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1650, Nov 41689-17021702, Mar 8
sovereign Prince of Orange from birth, Stadtholder of Holland, Zeeland, Utrecht, Gelderland, and Overijssel in the Dutch Republic from 1672, and King of England (and Supreme Governor of the Church of England), Ireland, and Scotland from 1689 until his death. William's reputation as a strong Protestant enabled him to take the British crowns when many were fea...
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William IV of the United Kingdom

aka: William Henry
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1765, Aug 211837, Jun 20
King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and King of Hanover from 26 June 1830 until his death. The third son of George III and younger brother and successor to George IV, he was the last king and penultimate monarch of Britain's House of Hanover. William served in the Royal Navy in his youth and was, both during his reign and afterwards, nick...
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Samuel Williams

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17421817
A Vermont minister, scientist, and philosophy professor, Williams believed the social contract should take a new form in America, where government derived its legitimacy from the consent of the governed. Williams expressed his ideas in two major works, The Natural and Civil History of the State of Vermont (1795) and Philosophical Lectures on the Constitution...
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John Willis

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1575 ca1625, Nov 28
a British clergyman, stenographer and mnemonician. He developed a simple style of shorthand based on the work by Timothy Bright. In 1602 he published The Art of Stenographie, which was a new and more practicable system to capture speech in short writing. His shorthand was based on a system of arbitrary equivalent symbols, one for each single letter of the al...
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Ninian Winzet

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15181592
a Scottish Catholic priest and polemical writer. In his first work, Certaine Tractates (three in number), printed in 1562, he rates his fellow clergy for negligence and sin, invites replies from Knox regarding his authority as minister and his share in the new ecclesiastical constitution, and protests against the interference with Catholic burgesses by the m...
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George Wishart

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15991671
a Scottish Anglican bishop and author. A strong supporter of episcopacy, he fled to England in 1639. He was imprisoned in Newcastle upon Tyne during the Bishops' Wars for his exploits with the Great Montrose, but freed after the Battle of Kilsyth. In 1650 Montrose was executed with a copy of Wishart's biography of him tied around his neck.
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John Witherspoon

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1723, Feb 51745-17811794, Nov 15
a Scots Presbyterian minister and a signatory of the United States Declaration of Independence as a representative of New Jersey. During his two pastorates he wrote three well-known works on theology. His 1776 sermon "The Dominion of Providence over the Passions of Men" was published in many editions.
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Herman Witte

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16661721-17281728
Bishop of Turku (1721-1728)* Lutheran Finish Church
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Thomas Wolsey

aka: Woolsey
bornactivedied
1473, Mar1509-15301530, Nov 29
an English political figure and a cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. When Henry VIII became King of England in 1509, Wolsey became the King's almoner. Wolsey's affairs prospered, and by 1514 he had become the controlling figure in virtually all matters of state and extremely powerful within the Church. The highest political position he attained was Lord ...
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Friedrich Conrad Dietrich Wyneken

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1810, May 131850-18641876, May 4
a missionary pastor in the United States. He also served for fourteen years as the second president of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (1850–1864), and helped found and was the first president of Concordia Theological Seminary.
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