Turton enrolled at Queens College, Cambridge, England, in 1801, moving to Catherine Hall in 1804. He earned a bachelor's degree in theology in 1816, and his Doctor of Divinity in 1828. He was ordained as a deacon at Norwich in 1813, and a priest six months after. He served as dean at Peterborough (1830-1842), dean of Westminster (1842-1845), and bishop of Ely (1845).
His works include:
•A Vindication of the Literary Character of the late Professor Porson from the Animadversions of the Right Reverend Thomas Burgess, the Lord Bishop of Salisbury
•The Text of the English Bible as Now Printed by the Universities
•Natural Theology Considered with reference to Lord Brougham's Discourse on that subject
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