Samuel Warren (lawyer)

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Samuel Warren
Samuel Warren (c. 1835-40), by John Linnell.
Samuel Warren (c. 1835-40), by John Linnell.
Born 23 May 1807 (1807-05-23)
Rackery Farm near Wrexham, Denbighshire
Died 29 July 1877 (1877-07-30) (aged 70)
Occupation British writer, lawyer and politician

Samuel Warren (23 May 1807 – 29 July 1877), was a Welsh barrister, novelist and MP.

He was born at Rackery Farm near Wrexham, Denbighshire, the son of Rev Dr Samuel Warren a Nonconformist minister and Anne Warren (née Williams). After studying at the Kingswood School, Bath he entered Edinburgh University to study medicine but then took up law, and became a barrister, wrote several legal text-books, and in 1852 was made Recorder of Hull.

Warren sat in the House of Commons for Midhurst 1856–1859, and was a Master in Lunacy 1859-77. He was the author of Passages from the Diary of a late Physician, which appeared (1832–37) first in Blackwood's Magazine, as did also Ten Thousand a-Year (1839). Both attracted considerable attention, and were often reprinted and translated.

His last novel, Now and Then (1847), was a social novel of criminality and the law, arguing from a Methodist perspective the moral case for reform. It is realistically observed, based in outline on an actual case in Wolverhampton, but had little success. Some critics thought Warren entertained exaggerated ideas as to the importance of his place in literature. However, his best known work, Ten Thousand a Year, contains social satire rivalling that of Thackeray, but written from a Tory standpoint.

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in April 1835.[1] He died in London.


  1. ^ "Library and Archiv catalogue". Royal Society. Retrieved 30 October 2010. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Spencer Horatio Walpole
Member of Parliament for Midhurst
Succeeded by
John Hardy