William Edward Briggs

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Briggs in 1880

William Edward Briggs (24 September 1847 – 1903) was an English cotton manufacturer and a Liberal politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1874 to 1885.

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[1] in the firm of J and W E Briggs, which operated the Rose Hill Mill in Blackburn[2]

At the 1874 general election, Briggs was elected as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Blackburn.[3] He was re-elected in 1880,[4] and held the seat until his defeat at the 1885 general election.[5]

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.[6]

Briggs married Mary Vicars in 1871.[1]


  1. ^ a b Mair, Robert Henry (1881). Debrett's Illustrated House of Commons and the Judicial Bench 1881. London: Dean & Son. p. 26. 
  2. ^ Cotton Mills in Blackburn 1891
  3. ^ "No. 24064". The London Gazette. 10 February 1874. p. 592. 
  4. ^ "No. 24829". The London Gazette. 2 April 1880. p. 2359. 
  5. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1974]. British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 76. ISBN 0-900178-27-2. 
  6. ^ Craig, 314

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Henry Master Feilden
Edward Kenworthy Hornby
Member of Parliament for Blackburn
With: Henry Master Feilden 1874–1875
Daniel Thwaites 1875–1880
Sir William Coddington 1880–1885
Succeeded by
Sir William Coddington
Sir Robert Peel