Spooner (1844-1930) was educated at Oswestry School and New College, Oxford. He became fellow (1867), lecturer (1868), tutor (1869), dean (1876-89) and warden (from 1903) of New College; he lectured on ancient history, philosophy--especially on Aristotle's ethics--and divinity. He was ordained deacon in 1872 and priest in 1875. In Harrod's opinion Spooner overtopped all the heads of Oxford and Cambridge colleges he had known "having regard to his scholarship, devotion to duty, and wisdom".
Source: DNB . Harrod's recollections are cited in W. Hayter, Spooner. A Biography (London: Allen, 1977), p. 135 and passim.
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