Jenks, William was born on November 25, 1778 in Newton, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Captain Samuel and Mary (Haynes) Jenks.
Graduated from Harvard, 1797.
Private tutor, teacher, student, also officiated at Christ Church, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1797-1805. Ordained to ministry Congregational Church, 1805. Pastor 1st Church, Bath, Maine, 1805-1818.
Army chaplain during War of 1812. Professor Oriental langs. and English literature Bowdoin College, 1812-1816. Opened private school and chapel Central Wharf, Boston, 1818 (became City Missionary Society and Shawmut Church).
A founder Salem and Green Street chs., pastor Green Street Church, 1826-1845. Elected to Massachusetts History Society, 1821, librarian, 1823-1832. 1st vice president American Oriental Society, 1842.
Senior vice president American Antiquarian Society, 1853-1866. Author: Memoir of the Northern Kingdom, 1808. Comprehensive Commentary on the Holy Bible, 6 vols., 1835-1838.
Married Betsey Russell, October 22, 1797, 16 children.