Callender, John, an eminent Baptist minister, nephew of Elisha Callender, was born about 1706, and graduated at Harvard College in 1723. He was ordained colleague with Mr. Peckham as pastor of the church at Newport, Oct. 13, 1731. Here he labored usefully for seventeen years, and died Jan. 26, 1748. He collected many papers relating to the history of the Baptists in this country, which were used by Backus. He published a Historical Discourse on Rhode Island and Providence Plantations (1739); also a Sermon at the Ordination of Jeremiah Condy (1739); and a Sermon on the Death of Mr. Clap, of Neu-port (1745). — Sprague, Annals, 6:37; Alien, Biographical Dictionary, s.v.