Staples, John, a Congregational minister, was born at Taunton, Mass., in 1743. He graduated at the College of New Jersey in 1765, was ordained over the church in Westminster, Conn., in 1772, and continued pastor until his death, of putrid fever, Feb. 16, 1804. He was of moderate Calvinistic views, although disliking the views of Hopkins. See Cong. Quarterly, 1860, p. 26.