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|Bishop of Lichfield and Coventry|
|Diocese||Lichfield and Coventry|
|Born||(1592-09-01)1 September 1592|
|Died||28 October 1670(1670-10-28) (aged 78)|
|Spouse||(1) Elizabeth Stebbing|
(2) Frances Bennet
|Alma mater||Trinity College, Cambridge|
He was born in London and educated at Westminster and Trinity College, Cambridge. On taking his degree he was elected a fellow of his college, and soon afterwards wrote the comedy, Loiola (London, 1648), which was twice performed before King James I. He was ordained in 1618, and through the influence of John Williams became rector in 1621 of Stoke Hammond, Buckinghamshire, and Kirkby Underwood, Lincolnshire.
When the so-called Root and Branch Bill was before Parliament in 1641, Hacket was selected to plead in the House of Commons for the continuance of cathedral establishments. In 1645 his living of St Andrew's was sequestered, but he was allowed to retain the other, ceding it for practical reasons in 1662.
On the accession of Charles II, his fortunes improved; he frequently preached before the king, and was elected Bishop of Lichfield and Coventry after the bishopric was rejected by the Presbyterian leader Edmund Calamy the elder. Hacket was elected to the See on 6 December, confirmed on 20 December, and consecrated a bishop on 22 December 1661. His time at the Cathedral coming immediately after the English Civil War meant that Hacket had the unenviable task of overseeing the restoration of Lichfield Cathedral.
He has a near life-size effigy at rest over marble plaques in Lichfield Cathedral.
His best-known book is the biography of his patron, Archbishop Williams, entitled Scrinia reserata: a Memorial offered to the great Deservings of John Williams, D.D. (London, 1693).
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Hacket, John". Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 12 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 793.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Lichfield". Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 16 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 586.