- W. P. Courtney
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Napleton, John (1738/9–1817), Church of England clergyman and educational reformer, was the son of the Revd John Napleton of Pembridge, Herefordshire. He matriculated at Brasenose College, Oxford, on 22 March 1755, at the age of sixteen, and graduated BA in 1758, MA in 1761, and BD and DD in 1789. On 13 December 1760 he was elected to a fellowship at his college, and he remained in residence as a tutor until the close of 1777. He became vice-principal in 1769/70 and served as senior bursar in 1771/2, 1773/4, and 1775/6. He proved to be a congenial colleague, appreciated for his fund of anecdotes, but some of his pupils found him 'uncommonly strict'. He contributed a set of Greek verses to the ...