John Lewis Ricardo

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John Lewis Ricardo
Born 1812
Died 2 August 1862 (aged 49–50)
Occupation Businessman, politician

John Lewis Ricardo (1812 – 2 August 1862) was a British businessman and politician.

He was the son of Jacob Ricardo and nephew of the economist David Ricardo. In 1841 he married Catherine Duff (c.1820 – 1869), the daughter of General Sir Alexander Duff and sister of James Duff, 5th Earl Fife. They had one son, Alexander Louis (1843–1871), the first husband of Florence Bravo.

In 1841 he was elected Member of Parliament for Stoke-on-Trent as a Liberal, serving until his death. He was active in the repeal of the Navigation Acts in 1849.

He was Chairman of the North Staffordshire Railway from 1846 until his death. In 1846 he founded the Electric Telegraph Company, the world's first public telegraph company together with William Fothergill Cooke and served as Chairman until its merger with the International Telegraph Company in 1856. He was also a director of London and Westminster Bank.[1]

He may have ordered the construction of, and given his name to, a footbridge[2] in Gleann Eidh (Glen Ey) near Inverey, Aberdeenshire while being the shooting tenant of that glen.




  • Frank Whitson Fetter, "The Influence of Economists in Parliament on British Legislation from Ricardo to John Stuart Mill", The Journal of Political Economy, 83 no.5 (1975) 1051–1064.
  • Obituary, The Gentleman's Magazine (Oct. 1862) p. 496–97.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Davenport
William Taylor Copeland
Member of Parliament for Stoke-upon-Trent
With: William Taylor Copeland 1841–1852
Hon. Frederick Leveson-Gower 1852–1857
William Taylor Copeland 1857–1862
Succeeded by
William Taylor Copeland
Henry Riversdale Grenfell