John Addison (MP)

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His Honour Judge
John Edmund Wentworth Addison
Member of the United Kingdom Parliament
for Ashton-under-Lyne
In office
Preceded by Hugh Mason
Succeeded by Herbert Huntington-Whiteley
Personal details
Born (1838-11-05)5 November 1838
Bruges, Belgium
Died 22 April 1907(1907-04-22) (aged 68)
Hyde Park, London, England
Citizenship British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Alice McKeand (1873–1894 - her death)
Education Trinity College, Dublin
Profession Lawyer, judge

John Edmund Wentworth Addison, KC (5 November 1838 – 22 April 1907) was a British judge and Conservative politician.

Early life[edit]

Addison was born in 1838 in Bruges, Belgium and was the third son of Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Robert Addison and his second wife, Grace Barton. Colonel Addison was born in India of Irish ancestry and after retiring from the army wrote a number of musical plays and light operas.[1] J.E.W Addison was educated at Trinity College Dublin before being called to the bar at the Inner Temple in 1862.


He practised in the Northern circuit and in 1880 became a Queen's Counsel (QC). In 1873 he married Alice McKeand of Manchester, who predeceased him in 1894. In 1874 he was appointed Recorder of Preston, a position he held for sixteen years. In 1889 Addison was the senior prosecuting counsel in the celebrated trial of Florence Maybrick.[2]

At the 1885 general election, he was elected as Conservative member of parliament for Ashton under Lyne, defeating the sitting MP, Hugh Mason. At the ensuing general election in 1886 he drew with his Liberal opponent. He was elected by the casting vote of the borough's mayor as returning officer.[3] He held the seat at the 1892 election before standing down from parliament in 1895.[4]

On leaving the Commons in 1895, Addison was appointed a county court judge in Norfolk and Cambridgeshire. In 1897 he was transferred to the Southwark County Court, where he presided until his retirement due to ill health in 1906.[2]

Judge Addison died at his residence at Hyde Park, London in April 1907, aged 68.[2]


  1. ^ Death of Colonel Addison, The Era, Country Edition, 2 July 1876
  2. ^ a b c Obituary. Judge Addison K.C., The Times, 24 April 1907, p. 11
  3. ^ "Discover Tameside's Heritage". The Tameside Citizen No.36. Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council. 10 October 2006. Archived from the original on 4 September 2009. Retrieved 26 October 2008. 
  4. ^ "General election 2017: SNP wins Fife North East seat by just two votes". BBC News. 9 June 2017. Retrieved 9 June 2017. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Hugh Mason
Member of Parliament for Ashton under Lyne
Succeeded by
Herbert Huntington-Whiteley