Frederick Bull (Lord Mayor of London)

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Frederick Bull (c. 1714–1784) was Lord Mayor of London and a radical politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1773 to 1784.

Frederick Bull, 1781

Early life and business[edit]

Bull was the second son of John Bull of London, and his wife Hannah. He married Judith Dickinson of Ware on 26 August 1737. From about 1744 he was a tea merchant in Leadenhall Street. He succeeded to property at Little Paxton, Huntingdonshire from his mother in 1746. He went into partnership with Samuel Moody in around 1757.[1]

Public and political career[edit]

Bull was Sheriff of London in 1771-2 and became an alderman in 1772. He became Lord Mayor of London for 1773-74.

Bull stood for the City of London at a by-election in 1773 and was returned after a hard-fought contest on 23 December 1773. He was returned for the City after a contest again in 1774 and 1780.

Bull was a Dissenter and close supporter of John Wilkes. He followed the Bill of Rights Society programme throughout his parliamentary career. His politics were radical and anti-Popery and in the spring of 1780 he supported Lord George Gordon’s Protestant crusade which led to the riots in June. [1]

Later life[edit]

Bull retired from business about 1782. He died on 10 January 1784. [1]


  1. ^ a b c "BULL, Frederick (c.1714-84), of Leadenhall St., London". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 29 October 2017. 

Parliament of Great Britain
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Robert Ladbroke
Barlow Trecothick
Richard Oliver
Thomas Harley
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With: Barlow Trecothick 1773-1774
Thomas Harley 1773-1774
Richard Oliver 1773-1780
John Sawbridge 1774-1780
George Hayley 1774-1781
John Kirkman 1780
Nathaniel Newnham 1780-1784
John Sawbridge 1780-1784
Watkin Lewes 1781-1784
Succeeded by
Nathaniel Newnham
John Sawbridge
Watkin Lewes
Brook Watson