Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Cresswell, Daniel

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CRESSWELL, DANIEL, D.D. (1776–1844), divine and mathematician, was son of Daniel Cresswell, a native of Crowden-le-Booth, in Edale, Derbyshire, who resided for many years at Newton, near Wakefield, Yorkshire. He was born at Wakefield in 1776 and educated in the grammar school there and at Hull. He proceeded to Trinity College, Cambridge, of which he became a fellow (B.A. 1797, M.A. 1800, D.D. per literas regias, 1823). At the university, where he resided many years, he took private pupils. In December 1822 he was presented to the vicarage of Enfield, one of the most valuable livings in the gift of his college, and in the following year he was appointed a justice of the peace for Middlesex and elected a fellow of the Royal Society. He died at Enfield on 21 March 1844.

He published ‘The Elements of Linear Perspective,’ Cambridge, 1811, 8vo; a translation of Giuseppe Venturoli's ‘Elements of Mechanics,’ Cambridge, 1822; 2nd edit., 1823, 8vo; several mathematical works, chiefly geometrical; ‘Sermons on Domestic Duties,’ Lond. 1829, 8vo; and some occasional discourses.

[Lupton's Wakefield Worthies, p. 215; Gent. Mag. new ser. xxi. 655; Cat. of Printed Books in Brit. Mus.; Graduati Cantab. (1856), p. 95; Biog. Dict. of Living Authors (1816), p. 80.]

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