Dodd, William, LL.D. (1729-1777), an English clergyman, born at Bourne in Lincolnshire, and educated at Clare College, Cambridge, and chiefly remembered because he was hanged for forgery. He was chosen by the Earl of Chesterfield as his son's tutor, and afterwards he won renown as a
London preacher, and became chaplain to the king in 1766. Speculation in proprietary chapels seems to have landed him in financial difficulties, and>4n an ill-advised moment he forged his patron's (the Earl of Chesterfield's) name. In spite of powerful intercessions the sentence of death was carried out.
Dr. Johnson took much interest in his fate. Among Dr. Dodd's literary works are The Beauties of Shakespeare, A Commentary upon Milton, and Thoughts in Prison.