James Franck Bright

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Revd Dr James Franck Bright MA DD (born 29 May 1832 in London, England; died 23 October 1920 at Ditchingham, Norfolk, England) was a British historian and Master of University College, Oxford.[1]

Franck Bright was the son of the physician Richard Bright. He was educated at Rugby and University College, Oxford,[2] and was then a schoolmaster at Marlborough College, where he was Head of the Modern Department for sixteen years. Bright became a history tutor at Balliol College in 1872, Dean of University College in 1874, and Master of University College from 1881 to 1906.

Bright wrote a history of Victorian England, "The Growth of Democracy", and a biography of Joseph II, Holy Roman Emperor.[3]

Selected works[edit]

  • English History for the Use of Public Schools
  • Joseph II (1905)[4]
  • Maria Theresa
  • The Growth of Democracy


  1. ^ "Bright, James Franck", The Concise Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 1992.
  2. ^ Bickerton, Fred, Fred of Oxford. London: Evans Brothers Limited, 1953, pages 130–131.
  3. ^ "James Franck Bright (1832–1880)". PictureHistory. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Bright, J. Franck (1905). Joseph II. Archive.org (London: Macmillan & Co.). 

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Academic offices
Preceded by
George Granville Bradley
Master of University College, Oxford
Succeeded by
Reginald Walter Macan