John Mellor (judge)
Sir John Mellor (1 January 1809 – 26 April 1887) was an English judge and Member of Parliament. He was born in Hollinwood, Oldham and raised in Leicester, where his father was mayor and a Justice of the Peace.
As a young man, his Unitarian beliefs prevented him attending university. He entered law, becoming Queen's Counsel in 1833. Following failed attempts in 1852 (at Warwick) and 1857 (at Coventry) he was elected to Parliament to represent Great Yarmouth in 1857, and Nottingham in 1859. He was appointed to the Queen's Bench in 1861 and knighted in 1862.
He was one of three judges at the 188-day long trial in 1873 of Arthur Orton, the Tichborne claimant. In his description of the case, James Beresford Atlay described him as 'second to none amongst the Common Law judges'. Hamilton notes he 'often amused the jury with his dry humour'.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by John Mellor
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William Torrens McCullagh
|Member of Parliament for Great Yarmouth
1857 – 1859
With: Adolphus William Young
Sir Edmund Lacon, Bt
Sir Henry Stracey, Bt
|Member of Parliament for Nottingham
1859 – 1861
With: Charles Paget
Sir Robert Juckes Clifton, Bt
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