Born in London, William Rider attended Saint Paul's School and St. Mary Hall Oxford (scholar of Jesus College 1744-49, B.A. 1745); he was lecturer of St. Vedast, Foster Lane, and chaplain and sur-master of St. Paul's School (1763-83). Rider contributed a number of poems to the Gentleman's Magazine as "Philargyrus," including an exchange with Samuel Boyse in 1743. His Lives and Writings of Living Authors was intended to be comprised in fourteen volumes, but little was completed. Rider's son John (d. 1800) was a London printer.
A funeral oration on the Rev. James Foster, D.D. 1753.
A comment of Boadicia [by Glover]. 1754.
Candidus: or, the Optimist [Voltaire, trans.] 1759.
The expediency of the coronation oath, and the peculiar felicity of the English nation. A sermon. 1761.
An historical and critical account of the lives and writings of the living authors of Great Britain. 1762.
The Christian's family Bible ... with comments by ... William Rider. 1763.
History of England. 1763.
The propriety of mourning for the deaths of good and beneficial men. A sermon. 1764.