George William Wood

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George William Wood (1781- October 1843)[1][2] was an English businessman, Member of Parliament and leading member of civil society in Manchester.

Life[edit]

George William Wood was born in Leeds, the son of William Wood, a Unitarian minister who was Joseph Priestley's successor at the Mill Hill Chapel, amateur botanist and campaigner against the Test Acts. His mother was Louisa Ann née Oates, the daughter of a wealthy Leeds family.[3]

Wood moved to Manchester around 1801 and became a prominent businessman there but, as a memorial in the Upper Brook Street Chapel cited, "having early in life engaged in commercial pursuits ... he quitted [sic] the pursuits of wealth for the nobler objects of public usefulness."[4] He was member of parliament for Lancashire South from 1832 to 1835,[1] and for Kendal from 1837 until his death.[2] He was a prime mover in the establishment of both the Royal Manchester Institution and the Manchester Mechanics' Institute.[4]

He died suddenly of a stroke at a meeting of the Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society.[5]

Honours and offices[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Rayment, L. (2006). "The House of Commons Constituencies beginning with 'L'". Leigh Rayment's Peerage Page. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  2. ^ a b Rayment, L. (2007). "The House of Commons Constituencies beginning with 'K'". Leigh Rayment's Peerage Page. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  3. ^ Wykes (2004)
  4. ^ a b c d e Kargon (1977) p.19
  5. ^ The Times, 7 October 1843

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament for South Lancashire
18321835
With: Viscount Molyneux
Succeeded by
Lord Francis Egerton
Richard Bootle Wilbraham
Preceded by
John Foster-Barham
Member of Parliament for Kendal
18371843
Succeeded by
Henry Warburton