John Locke (MP)

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"The only man who is ever known to make Mr Gladstone smile"
Locke as caricatured by James Tissot in Vanity Fair, August 1871

John Locke (1805 – 28 January 1880)[1] was an English barrister, author and Liberal Party politician.

The only son of John Locke, a surveyor of Herne Hill, he was educated at Dulwich College. Reading law at Trinity College, Cambridge, he left with an MA in 1832 and was called to the Bar from the Inner Temple in 1833.[2]

Between 1845 to 1857 he was a common pleader of the City of London, and counsel to the Inland Revenue. He was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Southwark at the general election in April 1857, and held the seat until his death.[3] He was mainly active in causes for the working class and local government, introducing a bill that give witnesses in criminal cases the right to affirm as in civil cases.

He died in February 1880 and was buried in the catacombs at West Norwood Cemetery.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 4)[self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ "Locke, John (LK824J)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  3. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. pp. 16–17. ISBN 0-900178-26-4. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Apsley Pellatt
Sir Charles Napier
Member of Parliament for Southwark
18571880
With: Sir Charles Napier to 1860
Austen Henry Layard 1860–1870
Marcus Beresford from 1870
Succeeded by
Edward George Clarke
Marcus Beresford (1818–1890)