Samuel Danks Waddy

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Samuel Danks Waddy.

Samuel Danks Waddy (27 June 1830 – 30 December 1902) was an English politician.

He was born in Gateshead, the son of Samuel Dousland Waddy, a Methodist minister. The family soon moved to Sheffield and his father was instrumental in the founding of Wesley College in 1838 (and was Governor of the school from 1844 to 1862). Samuel Danks Waddy attended Wesley College himself and was the first pupil to be registered in 1838.

He was elected as the Liberal Member of Parliament (MP) for Barnstaple, Devon on 3 February 1874 but resigned this seat in December 1879 to stand in a by-election in the Sheffield constituency, taking the seat on 21 December 1879. However he held the Sheffield seat for less than four months, being voted out by just 40 votes on 3 April 1880.

He was elected as MP for Edinburgh in 1882, and when that seat was abolished, he contested, but lost, the new Islington North seat at the 1885 general election.

On 7 July 1886, at the 1886 general election, he was elected as M.P. for the Brigg constituency in Lincolnshire. He held the seat until 1894 when he was appointed Recorder of Sheffield.

In 1896 he was appointed as Judge of the Cheshire County Court but only held the position for two weeks, transferring to be Judge of the Sheffield County Court on 24 April 1896. He died in Islington, London aged 72.


  • Stainton, J.H. (1924). The Storm of Politics. In The Making of Sheffield, 1865-1914, chapter 4. Sheffield: E. Weston & Sons. (This book is out of print but an OCR'd version is available online.)
  • Gummer, G. (1927). Reminiscences of Rotherham: A Retrospect of over 60 years, pp. 106–108. Rotherham: H Garnett and Company Limited. (This book is out of print but a transcription is available online.)
  • "House of Commons constituencies beginning with "B"." Leigh Rayments Peerage Page. Accessed on 20 June 2005. (See also [1] and [2] on the same website.)
  • Cornwell, John (2005). King Ted's. King Edward VII School, Sheffield. ISBN 0-9526484-1-5. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Charles Henry Williams
Thomas Cave
Member of Parliament for Barnstaple
With: Thomas Cave
Succeeded by
Viscount Lymington
Thomas Cave
Preceded by
John Arthur Roebuck
Anthony John Mundella
Member of Parliament for Sheffield
With: Anthony John Mundella
Succeeded by
Charles Stuart-Wortley
Anthony John Mundella
Preceded by
James Cowan
Thomas Buchanan
Member of Parliament for Edinburgh
With: Thomas Buchanan
Constituency abolished
Preceded by
Henry Meysey-Thompson
Member of Parliament for Brigg
Succeeded by
John Maunsell Richardson