Benjamin Whichcote was a British Establishment and Puritan divine, Provost of King’s College, Cambridge, and leader of the Cambridge Platonists.
He was born in Stoke upon Tern in Shropshire. He entered Emmanuel College, Cambridge in 1628. In 1637, he was ordained, a deacon and priest at the same time. In 1643, he married and took up priestly duties in a Cambridge-dispensed church in North Cadbury, Somerset.
In 1644, he became Provost of King’s College due to Parliamentary control of the universities; however, he was the only new head of house who did not subscribe to the National Covenant.