John Crossley

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John Crossley (16 May 1812 – 16 April 1879) was a Liberal Party politician in the United Kingdom. He served from 1874 to 1877 as MP for Halifax in West Yorkshire.

He was the eldest son of John Crossley (1772–1837) and his wife Martha Turner. Crossley was a successful carpet manufacturer, whose business (John Crossley and Sons) became a major employer in Halifax. In the early 1870s he set up the American Linoleum Company at Linoleumville, New York with Frederick Walton, the inventor of linoleum; the company was highly successful.[1] He was the elder brother of Sir Francis Crossley (1817–1872), who had served as the constituency's MP from 1852 to 1859.


A blue plaque was erected by the Halifax Civic Trust.[2]


  1. ^ Leading Men of London: a collection of biographical sketches, with portraits. London: British Biographical Co. 1895. pp. 344–345.
  2. ^ "List of Blue Plaques". Halifax Civic Trust. Retrieved 30 April 2019.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir James Stansfeld and
Edward Akroyd
Member of Parliament for Halifax
With: Sir James Stansfeld
Succeeded by
Sir James Stansfeld and
John Dyson Hutchinson