John Whitehouse was born in Bedfordshire and attended St. John's College Cambridge; he was curate of Houghton Conquest in Bedfordshire (1790-99), rector of Armthorpe, Yorkshire (1801-07) and of Orlingsbury, Northamptonshire (1807-24) and Chaplain to the Duke of York. He married Elizabeth Susanna Frederica, countess dowager of Wartensleben.
Poems: consisting chiefly of original pieces. 1787.
An elegiac ode to the memory of Sir Joshua Reynolds, late President of the Royal Academy. 1792.
Odes moral and descriptive. 1794.
Hymn to the Earth. [Stolberg, translated Whitehouse]. 1801.
The sin of cruelty to brute animals, a sermon preached at Orlingbury. 1810.
Hymn of thanksgiving on the occasion of the late victories. 1814.
The Kingdom of God on Earth. 1821.