Samuel Parr, an English author, born at Harrow-on-the-Hill, Jan. 15, 1747, died March 6, 1825. He entered the university of Cambridge in 1765, but the death of his father obliged him to accept in 1767 the post of first assistant master of Harrow school, and he remained there five years, when he opened a private school at Stanmore. In 1777 he became master of the school at Colchester, and was ordained priest, receiving the curacies of Hythe and Trinity church. In the following year he was appointed master of Norwich school. His first noteworthy publication was his "Discourse on Education, and on the Plans pursued in Charity Schools" (1785). In 1786 he removed to Hatton in Warwickshire, where he held a perpetual curacy, and here he passed the remainder of his life, engaged in literary pursuits, the care of his parish, and the instruction of children. He was arrogant and quarrelsome, and an ardent whig at a time when whiggism was very unpopular with the ruling classes. He is said to have surpassed in conversational powers all his contemporaries except Dr. Johnson. In 1787 he published an edition of Bellendenus de Statu, with a celebrated political preface in Ciceronian Latin. His other writings comprise a controversy with Dr. White, whom he accused of plagiarism in his "Bampton Lectures" (1790); papers connected with the Birmingham riots of 1791; a controversy with Dr. Charles Combe in 1795; one with Godwin and others occasioned by Parr's Spital sermon in 1800; and "Characters of the late Charles James Fox" (1809).

An edition of his works, with a memoir and selections from his correspondence, was published by John Johnstone, D. D. (8 vols., London, 1828).