John Levett was the son of Theophilus Levett (1693-1746), Lichfield attorney and town clerk, and his wife Mary Babington, daughter of Zachary Babington. The Levett family had common roots in Sussex, and the branch had moved to Staffordshire. Levett was educated at Westminster School and Brasenose College, Oxford, and served for a time as a barrister at the Middle Temple and the Inner Temple in London.
Levett was elected Member of Parliament for Lichfield for one term only (1761-1762). After his election to Parliament, Levett is not recorded having spoken or voted while there. Questions were raised about his election and he was unseated after a petition by his opponent Hugo Meynell, who re placed him as MP. After being unseated by petition, he is not known to have stood for Parliament again.
John Levett lived at Wychnor Park from 1765, when he purchased the estate while living in Lichfield. Levett was a sometime member of the Lunar Society, and an early investor in the industrial projects of Birmingham inventor Matthew Boulton. In his will, John Levett assigned part of the revenues he derived from his Soho Manufactory investments to the Prebendary of Curborough, Staffordshire, to which the Levett family had ancestral connections.
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- The Staffordshire Encyclopedia
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- The Representative History of Great Britain and Ireland, Thomas Hinton Burley Oldfield, 1816.
- The House of Commons: The History of Parliament, Vol. 2, 1754–1790, Originally published by Secker & Warburg, London, Reprinted by Boydell & Brewer, 1985
- Photo of Letter from Erasmus Darwin to Matthew Boulton, 1766, concerning Boulton's plans to dine with John Levett, revolutionaryplayers.org
- City of Lichfield, Collection of 12 Documents, 1764-1803, from the Office of Thomas Hinckley, solicitor, via Libri
- John Levett will, photo
- Church Memorials, The Staffordshire Encyclopedia, Staffordshire History Online
- Levett, Whittington (St. Giles), A Topographical Dictionary of England, Samuel Lewis, 1848, British History Online
- The Lunar Men: Five Friends Whose Curiosity Changed the World, Jenny Uglow, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, New York, 2002 (see John Levett, MP)
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