Joseph Craven (politician)

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Joseph Craven (1825 – 29 November 1914) was an English worsted manufacturer and a Liberal politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1885 to 1892.

Craven was born at Thornton, Bradford, Yorkshire, the son of Joshua Craven and his wife Ann. His father was a wool spinner and manufacturer who established a worsted mill in Thornton in 1831.[1] Craven was a member of Bradford Chamber of Commerce and a Governor of Thornton School and of the Crossley Orphanage.[2]

Craven was elected as the Member of Parliament for Shipley at the 1885 general election and held the seat until he stood down at the 1892 election.[3]

Craven lived at Ashfield, Thornton near Bradford. He died at the age of 89.

Craven married Ellen Knowles in 1845.


  1. ^ West Yorkshire Archaeology Advisory Service - Thornton Conservation area
  2. ^ Debretts Guide to the House of Commons 1886
  3. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1974]. British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 446. ISBN 0-900178-27-2.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament for Shipley
Succeeded by
William Pollard Byles