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William Whittingham

William Whittingham (c. 1524-1579) was an English Biblical scholar and religious reformer. Educated at Brasenose College, Oxford University, he became a zealous Protestant; as such he found it prudent to flee to France when Mary I ascended the throne of England.

By 1554, Whittingham made his way to Frankfurt, Germany, where he joined a group of Protestant exiles from Mary's reign. There, he met up with John Knox and became a supporter of Calvinism. He took over Knox's role as minister to the English congregation of exiles in Geneva. In Geneva, he started the work for which he is best remembered, a Bible translation that came to be known as the Geneva Bible.

In 1560, Whittingham returned to England, and was eventually made dean of Durham, an office he held at his death.