William Edward Briggs
Briggs was the second son of Edward Briggs of The Grange, Wilpshire, Blackburn and his wife Ann Slagg, daughter of Thomas Slagg of Manchester. He was educated at Rugby School and at Worcester College, Oxford. He was a cotton-spinner and manufacturer in the firm of J and W E Briggs, which operated the Rose Hill Mill in Blackburn
He did not stand in 1886, and at the 1892 general election he unsuccessfully contested the Clitheroe division of Lancashire as a Unionist, though it is unclear whether his candidacy was sponsored by the Liberal Unionist Party or the Conservative Party.
Briggs married Mary Vicars in 1871.
- Mair, Robert Henry (1881). Debrett's Illustrated House of Commons and the Judicial Bench 1881. London: Dean & Son. p. 26.
- Cotton Mills in Blackburn 1891
- "No. 24064". The London Gazette. 10 February 1874. p. 592.
- "No. 24829". The London Gazette. 2 April 1880. p. 2359.
- Craig, F. W. S. (1989) . British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 76. ISBN 0-900178-27-2.
- Craig, 314
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by William Briggs
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Daniel Thwaites 1875–1880
Sir William Coddington 1880–1885
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