Rev. John Richardson (1647-1696) graduated Harvard in 1666 and subsequently became a tutor or Resident Fellow of the College. In 1675 he was ordained as minister of the First Church of Newbury, Mass. where he remained for twenty-one years. He married Mary Pierson of Woburn, with whom he had five children. He preached the Artillery Election Sermon at Boston twice, in 1675 and 1681.